One of former President Donald Trump’s arguably biggest successes was nominating Supreme Court justices who understood that Roe v. Wade was an unconstitutional and unjust decision that had no right to remain “the law of the land.” Trump’s recent comment calling into question the effectiveness of the strong pro-life movement, however, is full of the same spinelessness of the establishment he regularly denounces.
“It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20!” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Jan. 1. “It was the ‘abortion issue,’ poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters.”
Despite what Democrats, the corporate media, and now the former president would have you believe, none of the Trump-backed candidates who ran in the 2022 midterms supported “No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother.”
For years now, the propaganda press and their allies in the Democrat Party have lied about the physical and emotional harms of abortion and about Republicans’ pro-life position to try to justify Democrats’ radical aim to legalize unregulated abortion through birth. Trump’s Truth tirade echoed those talking points and gave credence to the left’s lies, which is clearly not a winning strategy for conservatives.
The left’s obsession with abortion anywhere at any time isn’t a winning issue with voters either, which is why, even after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, the pro-life movement has kept its call to action and legal resources fresh. Trump, once again, claimed the opposite.
“Also, the people that pushed so hard, for decades, against abortion, got their wish from the U.S. Supreme Court, & just plain disappeared, not to be seen again,”
That’s a blatant lie. If anything, the end of Roe invigorated the pro-life base to keep up the fight for the unborn on the state level. The Dobbs decision didn’t just spark a ballot measure battle to protect the dignity of babies in the womb; it boosted GOP legislators’ confidence to introduce a 15-week ban that would bring U.S. abortion law up to speed with other civilized countries.
Democrats were so desperate to shut down the energized pro-lifers that they tried to make midterms about the death of Roe. They funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into advertising for pro-abortion candidates and tried to kill the filibuster to codify their abortion-on-demand desires into federal law.
The left’s efforts to prematurely attribute any present and future Democrat victories to their abortion extremism, however, fell short during the 2022 midterms when pro-life GOP governors clenched competitive wins. Republicans such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for example, didn’t just sign key pro-life legislation during their terms. They made unconditionally protecting preborn life and exposing Democrats’ abortion extremism an asset to their campaigns. For that, they were rewarded with double-digit victories.
On the other hand, Trump-endorsed Republicans such as Mehmet Oz, who did not fully embrace an unapologetic pro-life position, were not so lucky and ended midterms with embarrassing losses. The implications clearly favor the staunch protection of life, no matter what the former president claims.
“The approach to winning on abortion in federal races, proven for a decade is this: state clearly the ambitious consensus pro-life position and contrast that with the extreme view of Democrat opponents,” Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America said in a statement. “We look forward to hearing that position fully articulated by Mr. Trump and all presidential candidates.”
If Trump refuses to acknowledge that the unapologetically pro-life position is a strength, not a weakness, he’s setting himself up to face the same fate that doomed his life-ambivalent 2022 picks.