Ronald Reagan was the only sitting president to write a book while in office and, fittingly, "Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation" was a celebration of the pro-life perspective and
an encouragement for the pro-life community to never give up.
"Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right," Reagan wrote.
"Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart," Reagan added.
"As a nation today, we have not rejected the sanctity of human life," Reagan wrote. "The American people have not had an opportunity to express their view on the sanctity of human life in the unborn. I am convinced that Americans do not want to play God with the value of human life. It is not for us to decide who is worthy to live and who is not."
Ronald Reagan’s commitment to the principle of the right-to-life was unshakable, but as with many other conservative policy goals, fighting pro-life battles often took second place to fighting and winning Reagan’s most important battle – defeating Communism and the Soviet Union.
Donald Trump has made the right-to-life one of the cornerstones of his domestic policy – and he has gone to greater lengths than any President, including Reagan, to use his executive authority to protect the right-to-life.
Writing in the aftermath of President Trump’s op-ed published on lifenews.com, our friend Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, made a powerful case that Donald Trump is the most pro-life President we have ever had. We thought CHQ readers might benefit from excerpts from Fr. Pavone’s insight into the pro-life views and record of President Trump.
Wrote Fr. Pavone:
Four years ago, what a Trump Administration might be like was an unknown. The polls and pundits said he would not and could not win – until he won. And now we know what that meant…
Within the pro-life movement, even those who were initially against Trump are heard to declare now that he is the most pro-life President we have ever had…
Moving forward, then, as they launch the re-election campaign, let’s re-launch our own efforts to educate and mobilize the pro-life vote.
Let’s expose the extremism of the Democrat platform and policies on abortion, especially late-term abortion and even infanticide.
Fr. Pavone made those remarks the day after President Trump announced his campaign for reelection, but it isn’t just Fr. Pavone who has recognized Donald Trump’s record of action to protect the lives of the unborn.
Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary spoke at the Wednesday night session of the Republican National Convention on abortion. She said the president’s “belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics.”
And former Planned Parenthood worker turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson came to the Republican National Convention with a very simple message: if you oppose abortion, you have to vote for Donald Trump. She then delivered an impassioned plea to abortion opponents like her: “This election is a choice between two radical anti-life activists and the most pro-life president we have ever had. That is something that should compel you to action, go door-to-door, make calls, talk to your neighbors and friends, and vote on November 3.”
And yesterday President Trump continued his campaign to make America pro-life again by announcing he will sign the Born Alive Executive Order.
Speaking Tuesday morning at the virtual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast where he said Catholics are “amazing people, great, great people,” and thanked religious Americans for their prayers for him and his wife. He also said that he will safeguard “the eternal truth that every child, born and unborn, is made in the image of God.”
“I will always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in American society, and I will always defend the sacred right to life,” Trump said. “Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve.”
“This is our sacrosanct moral duty,” he added. “We are also increasing federal funding for the neonatal research to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and grow.”
Mary Margaret Olohan, reporting for The Daily Caller News Foundation, noted President Trump’s words come ahead of his Saturday announcement of his Supreme Court nominee. Trump will reportedly choose between federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa. The president reportedly favors Barrett, a mother of seven who has sparked liberal anxieties through her devout Catholic faith and pro-life stances.
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