Op-ed by Summer Lane | Photo: Alamy
In June 2022, the long-standing infamous Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade and its subsequent reaffirmation in Planned Parenthood v. Casey was dashed to pieces when three newly appointed Supreme Court justices tipped the scales forever in a victory for life.
With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, federal protection for abortion was terminated, answering the prayers of millions of conservatives, people of faith, and passionate pro-life advocates across the nation. The fall of Roe v. Wade was nothing short of a miracle for proponents of the pro-life movement, and it is a victory for life that should never be understated.
Now, the abortion argument has been resigned to the sovereign states, giving pro-life advocates and conservatives a powerful negotiating tool for crafting life-saving legislation.
It is a fact that President Donald Trump was responsible for appointing three conservative Supreme Court justices while he was in office, providing a pathway toward overturning Roe v. Wade. It is also a fact that President Trump remains the first and only sitting president to ever attend the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.
In one term of his presidency, President Trump easily did more for the pro-life movement than many other so-called conservative presidents did in decades. This is indisputable. Despite his success in bridging the gap between hard-left pro-choice advocates and supporters of the pro-life movement, cancel culture has come for Trump once again – but the arguments against him are falling flat.
Trump understands how to win on this topic
President Trump sat down over the weekend with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he discussed Joe Biden, policy, and his 2024 presidential bid. In a question regarding whether he would sign a 15-week federal ban on abortion, Trump stated that as president again, he would sit down with “both sides” and negotiate a deal that would result in “peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years.”
He additionally pointed out that Gov. DeSantis’s, R-Fla., decision to sign a six-week ban on abortion was a “terrible mistake,” referring to the political ramifications on a national scale.
These comments drew the ire of conservative commenters and disgruntled social media users, who were quick to label Trump as someone who was advocating for the murder of babies in the womb.
However, to paint Trump as an advocate of abortion is not simply disingenuous but wholly untrue. It also purposely fails to acknowledge the political context of his comments, of which he has always been crystal clear. Trump has unilaterally been transparent that he is “pro-life” with the three exceptions of rape, incest, and the life of the mother, per Politico. Some pro-life advocates may disagree with his three exceptions rule, but it is a fact that he has never changed his stance since 2016.
The president has also strongly condemned “abortion-on-demand” and late-term abortions.
This summer, he reaffirmed his commitment to protecting babies in the womb during remarks delivered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C.
“I will continue to fight against the demented late-term abortionists in the Democrat Party who believe in unlimited abortion-on-demand and even executing babies after BIRTH,” he said.
Over the weekend, the president delivered keynote remarks at the CWALAC’s Leadership Summit in D.C., addressing the political battleground of abortion in the United States today. He explained, “We can win elections on this issue, but it’s very delicate and explaining it properly is an extremely important thing. You have to be able to speak and explain it properly. A lot of politicians who are pro-life don’t know how to discuss this topic.”
He’s right. According to a 2023 Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans today believe that abortion should be legal “only under certain circumstances,” while only 13 percent believe that “it should be illegal in all circumstances.”
Like it or not, the country is deeply divided on the issue of abortion, and if conservatives fail to negotiate on this issue properly, Republicans will not only lose the White House in 2024 – they will lose every election afterward. And, in the face of an overreaching and tyrannical Biden regime, it is unthinkable that conservatives would allow Democrats to win on the issue of abortion simply because they are unwilling to strategically assess the modern political landscape.
One battle at a time wins the war
Hardline pro-life advocates staunchly push for the full termination of abortion in all 50 states. For those who value lives in the womb, this is a reasonable goal to work toward.
Pro-choice advocates, by contrast, would like to see a return to nationwide federal protection on abortion. In a nation where only 13 percent of Americans want to see abortion outlawed, there is no viable political path to the White House at this time without some compromise on the issue of abortion. This is a sad but stark fact. Trump alone seems to understand this.
Populist news account Election Wizard explained it like this: “Trump, the most pro-life POTUS, is trying to lead pro-lifers away from snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Making abortion a non-issue in 2024 is a smart play. Since Dobbs, the Red states of KS, KY, MT, and OH put abortion bans on the ballot. All of them failed.”
This is an astute observation, and it echoes Trump’s comments in his “Meet the Press” interview, where he said he would “bring peace on that issue” for the first time in decades. And, looking at Trump’s history of brokering stunning peace deals across the world during his presidency, there can be no doubt that he has the skill and the experience to negotiate a federal abortion ban that would save the lives of millions of babies.
The alternative to electing a great negotiator like Trump, who has expertly captured the majority support of the populist electorate in the country, is to allow Democrats to sway Independent voters (who currently favor Trump) and to hand a victory to Joe Biden. If this happens, the United States as we know it will fall deeper into tyranny, and Americans everywhere can kiss the possibility of continuing to work toward saving unborn babies goodbye.
In America today, the abortion issue must be won battle by battle, not war by war. Conservatives would do well to heed Trump’s strategy here to save the country from total ideological and political obliteration at the hands of an ever-encroaching federal machine.