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Even with Trump as president, abortion still divides America

Anti-abortion demonstrators gather Jan. 21, 2017, at San Francisco City Hall for the 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast march. Jan. 22 is the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Anti-abortion demonstrators gather Jan. 21, 2017, at San Francisco City Hall for the 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast march. Jan. 22 is the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. AP File

No political issue divides America more than abortion. Monday marks 45 years since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

According to LifeNews.com, National Right to Life estimates that over 58 million babies have been terminated in the womb over those 45 years, equivalent to about 16 percent of the present United States’ population. Let that number sink in. We have aborted an entire generation of Americans. Why?

Anti-abortion supporters argue the baby is a unique human being “made in the image of God” worthy of protection and deserving of life. Pro-abortion advocates say a woman’s right to terminate the pregnancy is more important than the baby’s rights, with some saying the baby is not yet a “person” and therefore has no rights. The real debate here is: what is a human being and what is our nature?

Days after being inaugurated, President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise by reinstating the “Mexico City policy,” which withholds funds from any foreign government or organization that performs or promotes abortions outside of America. Since its inception in 1984 under then-President Ronald Reagan, the funding ban has been repealed and reinstated every time a different political party has assumed power in the White House.

The policy stayed under President George H.W. Bush, then was rescinded by President Bill Clinton for eight years, then put back in place by President George W. Bush before being rescinded again by President Barack Obama. Trump has just set things right again. The United States government has no business promoting and funding abortions in any other country.

Next, Trump enhanced his anti-abortion credentials by exempting employers from the federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for abortion-causing drugs in their health insurance plans if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. As Steven Ertelt reported on LifeNews.com, this move now limits a rule created under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act that required employers, including non-church religious organizations, to cover all forms of contraception, from birth control pills to abortion drugs and devices at no cost to the employees.

Also in the LifeNews.com article, Alliance Defending Freedom President Mike Farris said, “This is another step toward fulfilling President Trump’s promise to protect a host of Christian colleges, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and others from having to choose between violating their consciences and paying crippling fines to the IRS.

“All Americans should have the freedom to peacefully live and work consistent with their faith without fear of government punishment. The guidance that the Trump administration issued helps protect that First Amendment freedom.”

Trump has announced he would back making the Hyde Amendment — which restricts federal funding for abortions in the United States, primarily through Medicaid — permanent law. Trump has promised to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would make abortions after 20 weeks illegal. This bill has been passed by the House and will soon be voted on by the Senate. Defunding Planned Parenthood is also on the docket, channeling present funding to community health centers around the country that provide comprehensive health care for women.

President Trump also announced a new “pro-life coalition.” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, was named the national chairwoman of the coalition, consisting of national leaders and politicians who will advise Trump on anti-abortion issues.

As reported in 2017, Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said, “President Trump has been the most pro-life president in modern history.”

However, the debate in the hearts of Americans will continue as both sides are firmly entrenched in their beliefs.

Mike Fullilove of Long Beach writes about local, state and national issues from a conservative perspective.