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A pro-life afterthought?

The Trump campaign makes a late addition to its list of priorities

President Donald Trump greets pro-life activist Lila Rose in the East Room of the White House in 2019. Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci (file)

A pro-life afterthought?

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign added four points to its second-term agenda on Friday after some pro-life leaders noted a glaring absence.

The original list, released five days earlier, included 50 goals divided into 10 categories, including jobs, healthcare, and education. It made no mention of abortion or pro-life policies. The agenda received a mixed response from pro-life leaders.

Live Action President Lila Rose pointed out the omission the day after the campaign published the list. “Out of @TeamTrump’s 50 ‘core priorities and goals’ why isn’t a single one the protection of preborn children or stopping the abortion industry from killing 2,300 innocent children every day?” she tweeted.

Some pro-lifers on Twitter noted that the list showed the president’s neglect for pro-life goals.

“Very sad, indeed! Once again, I’ll be voting for a Republican solely because they aren’t a Democrat,” one tweeted, while others suggested Trump was manipulating evangelicals.

Some argued the president already clearly articulated his position on the issue.

“Everyone should know he’s pro-life by now,” said one. Another replied to Rose by urging her to “focus on his judicial appointments” since “actions speak louder than words.”

Other national pro-life leaders defended Trump’s record on protecting the unborn.

“I don’t, for a moment, believe that pro-life being excluded from the … list is a signal that the administration is taking a step back from the issue,” Heartbeat International President Jor-El Godsey said, pointing to the large number of speakers who made pro-life statements at last week’s Republican National Convention.

By Friday evening, four additional agenda points appeared on the list, including one that promised to “protect unborn life through every means available.”

Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, called the “misstep” a “temporary blip,” saying, “Anyone who saw the RNC or heard the president’s speech, and even more are familiar with the president’s unprecedented pro-life record, knows that they can expect even bigger things in a second term.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to questions about the late addition to the agenda.

Leah Hickman

Leah is a reporter for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Hillsdale College graduate. Leah resides in Cleveland, Ohio.



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When will Marvin Olasky, my hero in responsible journalism, come to his senses.  When will he add to the World stylebook that Pro-Birth is different than Pro-Life?  Pro-Life means people care about the 225,000 and counting deaths from COVID-19 without an adequate Federal Government response.  Many who call themselves Pro-Life do not take personal responsibility to stop the spread and insist restrictions violate their liberties.  Do they care about the thousands of immigrants who die trying to get to the United States or in camps here waiting for processing?  Are they concerned about the thousands killed by guns in crimes and by police and do not support reasonable gun control policies that will let most Americans own a weapon for protection, sport, or a well-regulated militia (whatever that means today)?  Any new controls will not stop all criminals, but maybe just the one who may cost you your life.  Is there concern for the hundreds of dead when their health insurance canceled because of changes this administration made to health regulations?  Is there concern about militarism rhetoric?  I recall our President calling for “fire and fury,” or a nuke on Iran if they develop a nuke.  How many innocent people will die from that action?  Not to mention the hypocrisy of us being the world leader in nuclear weapons.  Is there concern for the many dead from capital punishment when state and federal laws are inconsistently applied and just one innocent person may have slipped through the cracks?  When talking about abortion those people should be called Pro-Birth.  Pro-Life is supporting  ALL life from birth until natural death.  I think I heard a President say those words at a Pro-Birth rally in Washington.  All of the aforementioned issues are related to people dying before “natural death.”.  I battled news directors who had complaints because I used the word “homosexual” in my reports on LG issues (the rest of the alphabet was not there at the time).  The complainers wanted me to use the word “gay.”  I told my boss, “I do not know if you know, but I am gay.”  Slightly stunned by my admission he said he did not realize that.  Then I said, “But I am not homosexual.”  He agreed with my word usage.  The same happened when he got complaints about me using the word “baby” in fetal research stories.  The complainers wanted me to use the word “fetus.”  I explained to my news director that words are important and should be used correctly.  My wife was pregnant at the time and I told him when I go home I ask, “How are you and the baby today?”  I do not ask, “How are you and the fetus?”  He agreed.  Words matter.  Pro-Birth is not Pro-Life.  And this President is not Pro-Life.​


President Trump has been the most pro-life president even better than Reagan! Over and over he has committed himself to the cause by his actions and words. His judicial appointments speak for themselves. This headline and story creates a false view that Trump is somehow abandoning his pro-life commitment, where at the convention it was at front and center.  I find this reporting misleading at best!