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Biden ends a pro-life era

The president’s executive actions spell the end of Trump-era pro-life victories


Joe Biden at the We Decide: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 2020 Election Forum in Columbia, S.C. Getty Images/Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Biden ends a pro-life era

President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that chips away at major pro-life victories of the Trump administration. Under the broad banner of “protecting women’s health at home and abroad,” the executive action revokes the Mexico City policy so federal funds can go to international abortion providers, among other things.

Former President Ronald Reagan first implemented the Mexico City policy in 1985 to prevent U.S. government money from funding foreign family planning organizations that provide abortions. Every Republican administration since has reupped the policy and every Democratic administration has revoked it.

Former President Donald Trump in 2017 expanded the policy to block funds from all global health organizations that offer abortions, not just family planning groups. Trump’s action was a major victory for the global pro-life movement, and Biden has reversed it with the stroke of a pen. But the sweeping nature of the Trump-era policy means resuming abortion programs at these international organizations could take some time.

Biden also pulled the United States from the Geneva Consensus, an international declaration that formally opposes the United Nations’ stance that abortion is a human right. Under former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the United States led 35 countries in signing the document in October 2020.

The new secretary of Health and Human Services—Biden’s nominee is strongly pro-abortion California Attorney General Xavier Becerra—will review a Trump administration change to the Title X family planning program that prohibits participating facilities from performing or referring for abortions. Despite claiming that abortion is only 3 percent of its services, abortion giant Planned Parenthood forfeited $60 million a year from the program rather than give up the procedure in 2019. Biden’s memorandum will restore that lost funding. The money won’t directly fund the procedure, but it will free up the budget so Planned Parenthood can expand its abortion services.

“Though President Biden has promised to bring our nation together, his immediate attack on the most vulnerable among us, the unborn, will only cause further division,” said Mary Szoch, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council. “Abortion takes the life of an unborn child—executive action forcing American taxpayers to pay for this atrocity certainly isn’t unifying.”


Leah Savas

Leah reports on pro-life topics for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Hillsdale College graduate. Leah resides in Grand Rapids, Mich., with her husband, Stephen.

@leahsavas

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Tim Miller

Cyborg3, I think I'm probably not going to persuade you, but I appreciate your engaging.

I do want to note that in regards to campaign funds, I'm talking about the mismanagement of the 2020 campaign by Brad Parsquale and others, not the 2016 campaign.

Thanks!

Salty1

The Never Trump evangelicals make good scapegoats. 

But we didn't squander campaign funds so Trump had no money left to advertise in the critical last months of the election.

This is so biased it isn’t even fair to print. It is outrageous lies and you think this is fair to present? It is the same old “Russian collusion” story that has been debunked over and over! The real collusion was where Hillary bought and paid for the Russian dossier. Remember too that Obama spied on Trump using our intelligence agencies even before he was president.  And don’t forget that Trump has never taken a salary while president. 

We didn't act like third graders in the first debate, turning off voters who thought Trump was better equipped to handle the economy.

I remember this debate how one sided it was where all the questions were focused at getting Trump where they had subtle digs and insults. Trump didn’t handle it well but this had nothing to do with him “losing”. 

We didn't encourage superspreader events that went against Trump's CDC guidelines, and probably helped people think Trump wasn't equipped to handle COVID-19.

Trump was effective at using the rallies for campaigning and overall there wasn’t much spread of the virus at these events. I was sad to see Herman Cain pass away as he was one of my heroes. I do believe the elderly need to take special precautions but each individual has to decide for themselves what steps they will take. There are always risks when you go out, and everyone knows that from the start.  The leftist media spent hundreds of billions (effective advertising dollars) trashing Trump on his coronavirus response which was a total lie given the amazing speed that the vaccinations were delivered and how fast the production channels were setup. Trump worked tirelessly to see this accomplished and never did get any credit for it. Even the press worked to cover up the vaccination success until after the election.

We didn't undercut our own negotiating position for stimulus plans, thus showing the GOP in disarray and unable to mount a united effort to combat the economic downturn. 

Trump thought that more funding should go to the people so he pushed this, which could equally be viewed as taking the initiative and leading. It is one of those things where you either view the glass as half full or half empty. 

Frankly, I know a lot of "Never Trump" evangelicals from 2016 who changed their mind and voted for Trump in 2020. I don't know a single evangelical who voted for Trump in 2016 and against him in 2020. (Data supports this anecdotal snippet.)

A lot of anti-Trumpers, like yourself, never fought for Trump but put out lies and propaganda against him. Specifically, a number in key positions failed to ensure that the election would be fair by literally changing election laws without going through the legal process of having the legislature pass these changes - allowing them to become law.  The mail-in ballots should have been thrown out and not allowed because there was no traceability.  The 350 million that Zuckerburg gave was used to fraudulently package ballots for Biden, and a host of other activities against Trump. The Big Tech companies also effectively censored negative information about Biden and his dealings with China  through his son. The liberal MSM kept a constant propaganda campaign to hold up a near senile Biden and continually pound on Trump.  This election was so one sided and unfair that I could not think of another as bad! The fraud was glaringly abundant and anti-Trumpers went along with the narrative that there was no election fraud. It is interesting that Big Tech is censoring anyone who would say there is election fraud. Why censor if the evidence is overwhelmingly on their side? 

Trump squandered his opportunity to win with bad campaign management, bad messaging, and a constant whiny victim mentality. 

No, It was the election fraud, which I have given plenty of evidence showing it existed in my past posts. 

The Republican primary voters in 2016 chose a petulant, dishonest, arrogant candidate, and he self-destructed. It's as simple as that. 

Who are dishonest? Who are petulant? Who are arrogant?  No, Trump had the election stolen from him! It is that simple!

Gpa Russ

Biden claims to be a Christian but his actions on abortion and transgender issues make it clear he is not. He obviously is not using the Bible to direct his actions. He is worshipping the gods of women's health and sexual freedom. He is a hypocrite: he claims to have beliefs that he doesn't actually have. As Abraham Lincoln stated: "Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong." Biden is also failing to "Promote the general welfare" as required by the Constitution. He is taking away the welfare of a large majority of the population by promoting the welfare of minority groups. This is not democracy.

Tim Miller

The Never Trump evangelicals make good scapegoats. 

But we didn't squander campaign funds so Trump had no money left to advertise in the critical last months of the election.

We didn't act like third graders in the first debate, turning off voters who thought Trump was better equipped to handle the economy.

We didn't encourage superspreader events that went against Trump's CDC guidelines, and probably helped people think Trump wasn't equipped to handle COVID-19.

We didn't undercut our own negotiating position for stimulus plans, thus showing the GOP in disarray and unable to mount a united effort to combat the economic downturn.

Frankly, I know a lot of "Never Trump" evangelicals from 2016 who changed their mind and voted for Trump in 2020. I don't know a single evangelical who voted for Trump in 2016 and against him in 2020. (Data supports this anecdotal snippet.)

Trump squandered his opportunity to win with bad campaign management, bad messaging, and a constant whiny victim mentality. The Republican primary voters in 2016 chose a petulant, dishonest, arrogant candidate, and he self-destructed. It's as simple as that. 

Theodore

God please open President Biden's eyes and ears to the truth that abortion murders children and that he would reverse these orders which promote their murder.