This is it. Election Day is tomorrow, and despite what #NeverTrumpers will tell you, the differences between a Trump administration and a Clinton administration will be enormous.
At the Washington Examiner, Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life have an incredibly important editorial urging pro-lifers to vote for Donald Trump. The whole thing is worth reading, but here’s the bottom line:
If Clinton and the Democratic Party get their way and repeal the Hyde Amendment, as many as 60,000 more babies would be aborted every year, paid for by taxpayers. We must not cross that Rubicon.
Then there are the estimated18,000 children a year who would die in painful late-term abortions. This would go unimpeded by Clinton, who says a baby on its due date has no constitutional rights. That adds up to 312,000 human lives lost over one presidential term.
The fact that this even needs to be said—to other pro-lifers, no less—at this late date is downright scandalous. But it does, because the maniacal sophistry of the #NeverTrump movement has convinced a sizeable minority of conservatives that protecting their self-image is more important than the election’s impact on the lives, freedoms, health, safety, and prosperity of more than 324 million Americans.
On abortion alone, one need not like, respect, or trust Trump (speaking just for myself, I certainly don’t) to understand that there’s an enormous difference between him, a candidate who may not have personal ideological investment in the pro-life cause but has every incentive to listen to the right people, sign the right bills, and appoint the right judges (and no incentive not to), and Hillary Clinton, a candidate who:
- is dedicated to protecting the legal power to execute preborn babies at any gestational age for any reason, and so would certainly sign every pro-abortion bill that comes her way and veto every pro-life one (despite Clinton’s spin at the most recent debate, partial-birth abortions are done mostly for elective reasons, not medical emergencies);
- is bent on forcing pro-life Americans to support and even participate in abortions against their will, through taxpayer funding of abortion, forced coverage of abortion drugs under Obamacare, forcing crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion, and even forcing religious hospitals to perform abortions—the First Amendment be damned;
- has committed to appointing federal judges and Supreme Court justices who will continue and expand SCOTUS’s unconstitutional abortion precedent, denying the states and the people their constitutional right to vote not just on abortion, but on virtually any regulation of the abortion industry, no matter how mild or common-sense;
- would continue the federal government’s preferential treatment of Planned Parenthood, all but ensuring the feds will never investigate or prosecute the abortion giant’s hellish organ-harvesting crimes, let alone cut off the flow of tax dollars to an organization running a fetal chop shop;
- wants to expand restrictions on pro-life activists’ (among everyone else’s) political speech and fundraising rights under the guise of campaign finance regulation, and is all but certain to continue the Obama precedent of using the IRS and other agencies to persecute pro-life organizations;
- and most importantly, vows to prioritize amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, for the purpose of importing new, overwhelmingly Democrat voters, reshaping the electorate into a permanent Democrat national majority, under which it would become all but impossible for the pro-life cause to ever retake Congress, the presidency, or the federal judiciary. If Hillary Clinton wins, it’s entirely possible that she could keep us from ever ending abortion in our lifetimes.
In any other election, all of this would go without saying. But the #NeverTrump movement has somehow convinced a number of conservative, Christian pro-lifers that the symbolism of declaring “he doesn’t represent me and my values” is a higher moral consideration than the blood of innocent children they know for a fact will be spilled as a direct result of Hillary Clinton becoming president. If anybody can consider that yet still justify letting Clinton win under the popular refrain of “vote your conscience,” then “conscience” isn’t the word they’re looking for.