As the coronavirus forced their biggest annual rallying event — the March for Life — online on Friday, January 29, abortion opponents began facing the reality of a new White House strongly in favor of abortion rights and the question of whether Donald Trump has hurt or harmed their cause.
The March for Life has been held each January on the National Mall since the passage of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion. Last week, organizers announced that the massive event, which usually draws tens of thousands from across the country, would not be held in person, citing concerns about security and the pandemic.
Instead, a program would be streamed online starting at noon, and some 50 movement leaders planned to march to the Supreme Court afterward. Supporters were encouraged to watch online.
As the coronavirus forced their biggest annual rallying event — the March for Life — online on Friday, abortion opponents began facing the reality of a new White House strongly in favor of abortion rights and the question of whether Donald Trump has hurt or harmed their cause.
In the eyes of many abortion opponents, Trump was a historical game changer, giving them not only three Supreme Court justices believed to be sympathetic to overturning Roe v. Wade but dozens of more conservative lower-court judges.
Although Trump favored abortion rights before becoming president, as president he spoke more explicitly than many recent GOP leaders against abortion and attended the march in person.
Trump’s downplaying of a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans, his ramping up of federal executions and his push for a border policy that led to thousands of children being separated from their families has poisoned efforts to convert hearts and minds.
Guttmacher in 2019 released a study saying that the abortion rate had hit an all-time low and that the numbers were steady across states with few or many restrictions.
The Biden administration within its first days took action to protect and expand abortion access, including rescinding what has been called the Mexico City rule, which compelled nonprofit organizations in other countries that receive federal family-planning aid to promise not to perform or encourage abortions.
Fortunately, Nick Sandman has not been seen lately, but he settled his $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post last June for an undisclosed amount.
Joe Biden is a deeply religious man. He attended mass the morning of his inauguration, and he carries Beau's rosary with him at all times. There are still Catholics who oppose him because of his support for legal abortion, but Catholic attitudes lately toward Biden have been more understanding
"Many in the laity and the hierarchy would like to see Biden censured publicly, or even denied Communion. One response to this could be to say that the job of the president is not to institute a Catholic theocracy. It is not constitutional for a person of faith to force their beliefs on others. Moreover, it violates the integrity of the faith experience. Faith must be entered freely, not forced. What if a Muslim or Jewish president were to implement Muslim or Jewish beliefs as part of their platform, and ban the consumption of pork?
" How to say this gently? The pro-life movement is the worst thing to happen to the pro-life cause. Aligning themselves with that moral grotesquerie of a man stained a movement that had already miscalculated and misjudged the culture in which they sought to make a difference.
It is no sin to be politically naive, but it is a sin to be morally irresponsible on behalf of a morally upright cause. Long before Trump disgraced the nation, the pro-life movement had become embedded in a kind of conservative politics that seemed incapable of exercising solidarity on behalf of anyone who had already been born. Only the unborn moved them to empathy.