Pro-life march: A growing optimism
After four decades on the defensive, “pro-life activists are finally feeling a sense of hope,” said Emma Green in TheAtlantic.com. Last week, several hundred thousand anti-abortion demonstrators amassed in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, held annually since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision upheld abortion rights. This year’s march was more celebratory than ever— thanks to the election of Donald Trump, who vows to defund Planned Parenthood and nominate pro-life conservatives to the court. The staunchly pro-life Vice President Mike Pence told cheering marchers that “life is winning in America,” and evangelicals present described Trump as “the most pro-life president in the history of the republic.”
Trump is “the religious right’s Trojan horse,” said Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times. Failing to nominate one of their own, Christian conservatives gambled on a “profane, thrice-married Manhattan sybarite”: Trump won 81 percent of white evangelicals, “more than born-again George W. Bush” ever did. Trump is making good on his promises to them, filling his administration with culture warriors like Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price, who co-sponsored House bills granting personhood status to zygotes at the moment of conception. “Sometimes a deal with the devil pays off, big league.” If these marchers really cared about life, said Liz Plank in Vox.com, they would march against the Obamacare repeal, which will deprive millions of lifesaving health care, or looming cuts to CHIP, a federal insurance program that serves 8 million low-income kids. Why don’t pro-lifers ever show concern for “children who are already living”?
That’s an old fallacy, said Margot Cleveland in TheFederalist.com. Most pro-lifers are conservatives who do not believe that “government is better at meeting people’s needs” than charity or the private sector. Liberals insist that unless we “protest every worldly wrong,” we have no right to oppose slaughtering unborn children. Liberals are on now on the defensive on abortion—and for good reason, said Rebecca Hagelin in The Washington Times. A recent Gallup poll shows 53 percent of Millennials believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Having “grown up in a world where 3-D ultrasounds show the preborn yawning and stretching and sucking their little thumbs,” young people don’t view them as meaningless clumps of cells. Soon, our nation will be able to proclaim, “Life has won.”