Ten Ways Donald Trump Could Be A Pro-Life President

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Is former President Donald Trump pro-life?

Sadly no. He doesn’t support the heartbeat bill law in Florida (which allows for abortion for six weeks too many), and he doesn’t think the federal government should restrict the gestational limit on abortion. 

The votes for a federal abortion limit, which Trump opposes, simply don’t exist. It’s a shame because the federal government is likely the most plausible avenue to outlaw abortion in the United States.

Even so, there is a lot Trump could do if he wins a second term this November. Here are 10 things that Trump could realistically do in a second term to advance the pro-life cause:


1.  Reinstate Mexico City Policy

As soon as President Joe Biden took office, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that the Biden administration would repeal the Mexico City Policy.

The policy, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not ‘perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning’ using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds) as a condition of receiving U.S. government global family planning assistance and, as of Jan. 23, 2017, most other U.S. global health assistance.”

Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has enacted the policy; every Democrat since has reversed it.

Here’s the question:  should American foreign aid go to abortion providers?

Nope. Our tax dollars shouldn’t fund abortion anywhere, let alone abroad.

Therefore, reinstating the Mexico City Policy should be a first-day priority from Trump, if he wins again.


2.  Defund Planned Parenthood

In May 2018, the United States Department of Health and Human Services announced its Protect Life Rule — preventing Title X family planning funding from going to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, the Biden administration rescinded this rule in 2021, but Trump could bring it back if he wins.

The last thing abortion facilities need is more money from the federal government, especially since money is fungible. The goal should be to starve abortion facilities of money, driving them out of business — not helping their bottom line.


3.  Judges

Trump picked pretty good judges. He put three justices on the U.S. Supreme Court who overturned Roe v. Wade:  Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. It’s the best track record of any Republican president regarding Supreme Court justices on this issue. His GOP predecessors of the Roe era put at least one pro-Roe justice on the court.

Trump could use a second term to appoint more pro-life federal judges — rather than affirmative action judges like Ketanji Brown Jackson. 


4.  Nix Military Paid Abortion Leave

Since 2022, the Biden administration has reimbursed women in the military who live in pro-life states for travel costs associated with getting an abortion elsewhere.

It circumvents the Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from paying for elective abortions. It also ends children’s lives, whereas the military is supposed to protect the lives of the American people.

The military should protect the most vulnerable members of our society — not kill them. And Trump shouldn’t steer federal dollars towards this life-ending practice, including in the military.


5.  Fix The Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act might be the best example of why conservatives shouldn’t work with the Biden administration. When they tried to do it, the Biden administration stabbed them in the back and created a mess for the next Republican president to fix.

Long story short, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was a bipartisan bill meant to be holistically pro-life and pro-woman. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) described it as a proposal that would give extra bathroom breaks and stools for pregnant women who had to stand on the job. The legislation had nothing to do with abortion and got support from pro-life politicians and organizations.

Yet, when the Biden administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released its final rules for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in April, they warped it into a pro-abortion measure. Through nonsensical regulations, the commission decided that businesses with at least 15 employees must provide women with time off to receive an abortion. 

Here’s an easy win for the Trump administration:  nix that awful provision. It wasn’t the intent of the law to make killing unborn children easier. The law was about making life easier for women who don’t want to kill their unborn children. Those two things are vastly different.


6.  Support the Hyde Amendment

Although Bill Clinton and Joe Biden both attempted unsuccessfully to repeal the Hyde Amendment, it has lived on since 1977.

It’s a budget amendment that bars federal funding for elective abortions. Biden even supported it until his third run for president; that included the eight years where he was vice president under President Barack Obama.

If Trump is president again, he could support the Hyde Amendment and promise to veto any budget that doesn’t include it. The last thing we need is more tax dollars paying for abortions.


7.  Expand the Child Tax Credit

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which Trump signed into law, doubled the federal child tax credit from $1,000 per kid to $2,000. However, $2,000 in 2017 is the equivalent of $2,558.32 in 2024, according to the U.S. Inflation Calculator.

Inflation under the Biden administration has made the child tax credit less valuable. If Trump wins again, he could make life a little more affordable for Americans with kids by making this tax credit bigger. Helping families financially may also encourage some to have more children and not abort unexpected pregnancies.


8.  Pardon Pro-Life Prisoners

A 75-year-old woman from Kingston, Massachusetts is going to prison for two years because she blockaded a late-term abortion clinic in Washington D.C. in October 2022, as NewBostonPost previously reported. She’s one of nine people going to prison due to the blockade.

Her crime? She violated the FACE Act.

The FACE Act (as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act is commonly known) is a U.S. federal law enacted in 1994 that prohibits using force, threats, or physical obstruction to prevent people from entering abortion facilities and houses of worship. However, it is primarily enforced against pro-life protesters during Democratic administrations.

If Trump becomes president again, he could shorten the terms of these political prisoners by pardoning them as soon as he takes office. People who want to protect unborn children from death and destruction deserve praise — not prison time. The people who deserve prison time here are the ones engaging in unborn child murder — not those peacefully trying to stop it. 


9.  Drop Federal Lawsuits

The Biden administration has sued pro-life states, like Texas and Idaho, over their laws banning abortion.

If any lawsuits against pro-life states are still pending in January 2025 and Trump takes the White House, he should direct his administration to end the lawsuits immediately. Thefederal  Supreme Court granted states the ability to outlaw abortion in its 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Trump should protect pro-life states’ ability to do just that if he wins again.


10.  Enforce the Comstock Act

Did you know that it’s against federal law to mail someone something that causes abortion?

The Comstock Act of 1873 outlawed it. Though the law hasn’t been enforced in decades — other than the occasional reference in a child pornography case (due to its provision banning mailing pornography) — it’s on the books and ready for a federal administration to enforce.

It could be used to prevent mifepristone and misoprostol from being sent through the mail to cause an abortion, effectively ending chemical abortions in the United States. It wouldn’t end surgical abortions, unfortunately, but it would be an easy way to curtail abortion access, possibly saving unborn lives.

This seems like the action that Trump would be the least likely to pursue since it would be the most politically unpopular. However, the option is there and he could do unborn children a great service if he gets into office and starts enforcing it as soon as possible.


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