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Monday, January 2, 2017

January 1, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Pro-life leaders celebrating New Year, new presidential administration

Letter to the Editor,

Pro-life leaders celebrating New Year, new presidential administration

Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List president, who headed Donald Trump’s election campaign’s pro-life advisory committee, is celebrating the Republican control of the White House and Congress. Dannenfelser called the 2016 election “an historic moment for the pro-life movement.” She said four goals, which Candidate Trump pledged to fulfill, are now in reach: enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; establishing a permanent government-wide ban on public funding of elective abortion; defunding Planned Parenthood; and appointing pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We are politically poised to make the biggest executive, legislative and judicial advances for the protection of unborn children and their mothers in recent history,” she said.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life Committee, is celebrating the election’s outcome; stating that Candidate Donald Trump had “never backed down on his opposition to abortion,” while Hillary Clinton and the national Democratic Party lost the election after taking “the most extreme abortion position possible.”

Kristan Day, Democrats for Life of America Executive Director is celebrating President-elect Donald Trump’s victories in the traditional Democratic working-class strongholds of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania proving that national Democratic leaders were destroying the party’s political future because of their failure to “respect the social conscience of pro-life voters” because millions of them would not support candidates that backed the “severe party platform on abortion.” Day stated, “Americans absolutely do not support abortion on demand”.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, is celebrating because there is “no reason” Planned Parenthood, which provides 40% of U.S. abortions, should not be defunded within the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Currently, Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in federal funding, more than a third of the abortion provider’s annual revenue of $1.3 billion

Rebecca Bratten Weiss and Matthew Tyson, founders of the New Pro-Life Movement, are celebrating because they view the election votes as “the voice of the pro-life populace establishing the dignity of the human person as the bedrock of our culture”.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio