The pro-life movement that has decided to embrace Donald Trump knows of Trump’s flip-flops on abortion, his silence when the Supreme Court overturned Texas’ abortion regulations, and his praise of Planned Parenthood, including his statement that the government should continue to fund it; they should know that Trump’s history is about as left-wing on abortion as a GOP presidential nominee’s could be.
As Penny Nance, who heads the social conservative group Concerned Women for America, said when Trump was silent regarding the SCOTUS decision in June, “This is the biggest abortion decision that has come down in years and Hillary Clinton was quick to comment—was all over Twitter—and yet we heard crickets from Donald Trump. I’m still waiting. I’m still waiting. He needs to say something.”
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
As The Daily Beast reports, Donald Trump Jr. said in a 2012 radio interview that he favored abortion rights and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to restrict it. He stated, “I don’t even understand how it’s a political issue. I don’t understand how there is one issue for voters for that. I don’t understand how you can tell someone what they can or can’t do. I can’t buy into the abortion argument. I wish the Republicans would drop it as part of their platform.”
It runs in the family. In February, asked whether she was pro-choice, Ivanka Trump, who claims she is a religious Jew, evaded the question, saying, “I don’t talk about my politics. I don’t feel like it’s my role, and not the candidate’s. I’m the daughter… I don’t think my politics are relevant to the discussion.”
“I can’t buy into the abortion argument. I wish the Republicans would drop it as part of their platform.”
Donald Trump Jr.
Of course, Ivanka does not avoid talking about her politics; she is comfortable talking about maternity rights, but on abortion she chose to be silent.
There is no question that Hillary Clinton would be a mortal enemy to the pro-life movement, but for the movement to embrace Donald Trump might well prove problematic for them in the long-term if Trump, as reflected by his actions and those of his family, sells the pro-life movement a bag of promises and then reneges on it later.