There is no pro-life candidate this year. The abortion platform is a deciding factor for many, and it’s understandable. Those opting to vote for the Republican nominee are believing or at least hoping he will protect the unborn. It is a fair position to take against a definitively pro-abort candidate like Clinton. Trump’s positions on abortion are multiple, and at best uncertain, as he has a long history of supporting abortion and funding pro-abort candidates. Still, it is a gamble some are willing to take, and there is no fault in that. Pro-life people are passionate and dedicated, and they want to use whatever measure they can.
I do not like how Trump has held pro-life hostage. I do not like how he and his surrogates have used the unborn as leverage. I don’t appreciate how his camp attempted to slander members of the pro-life movement, by claiming anyone not voting for him must be for partial birth abortion. It was a vile thing to say, against individuals who worked for pro-life for all the decades Trump was funding against it. As Trumpism pulls the party deeper into Nationalistic Philosophy, I have concerns that a pro-life platform will become weakened. I am cautious about handing over a delicate issue to man drenched in bigotry and misogyny. How can a man who does not respect the dignity of all human beings be capable of protecting the unborn?
Unfortunately, we have been fed the lie that the pro-life movement lives and dies with the Republican Party, and now even worse, many are convinced that it lives and dies with Trump. Pro-life is not bound to a party, it exists without one. Yes, legislation is important, and we should continue to make progress there. However, there is work to do outside of legislation, and it is much more immediate. There are local pregnancy crisis centers that need supplies and donations, and young families in your cities that need assistance and guidance. We do need to engage with our local communities more.
The burden of abortion weighs heavily on many, and the result is some high-level risk taking. There is no easy solution this year, and I won’t fault anyone for their choice. However, I will say real principled pro-life men don’t hold the unborn hostage, and I certainly wouldn’t expect them to do what they promised after the ransom is delivered.
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