As President Trump seeks to run for a possible second term, his campaign recently added the protection of unborn lives and the defense of religious freedom to its agenda entitled “Fighting For You.”
According to Catholic News Agency, the issues of protecting unborn lives and religious freedom were absent in the initial release, which raised concerns from some Catholics.
“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 2300 innocent children every day?” Lila Rose wrote on Twitter.
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 2300 innocent children every day? https://t.co/QHxSMjfaec— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) August 24, 2020
Rose, who founded the pro-life organization, Live Action, added in a later tweet that President Trump “can defund Planned Parenthood by executive order.”
President Trump can defund Planned Parenthood by executive order. It’s past time to stop pouring millions of taxpayer dollars into a corporation that slaughters 900 children each day. Defund these atrocities!#DefundPlannedParenthood @realDonaldTrump— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) August 26, 2020
The campaign appears to have updated its 50-point list last weekend, adding under the heading “Defend American Values”:
Continue nominating constitutionalist Supreme Court and lower court judges
Protect unborn life through every means available
Defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations
Support the exercise of Second Amendment rights
“President Trump’s boundless optimism and certainty in America’s greatness is reflected in his second-term goals and stands in stark contrast to the gloomy vision of America projected by Joe Biden and Democrats,” the Trump campaign stated.
Multiple pro-life advocates were prominently featured at the 2020 Republican National Convention, including former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, a leading anti-abortion activist.
Sister Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, stated that Trump is “the most pro-life president this nation has ever had.” Conversely, Bryne added that Biden-Harris is "the most anti-life presidential ticket ever.”
As Christian Headlines previously reported, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to push for taxpayer-funded abortions in 2021, which would repeal the Hyde Amendment.
While Biden supported the Hyde Amendment in the past, he reversed his stance last year as he faced pressure from pro-choice groups and members of the Democratic Party.
The 2020 Democratic Party Platform also called for its repeal as they seek to protect and codify the right to reproductive freedom.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.