This piece was co-authored by Bob Morrison.
Is it possible to be pro-life without being pro-woman? The answer to that question may help pro-life Americans sort out the GOP field. After all, nearly all of the Republican candidates have endorsed the two cardinal priorities of the pro-life movement today: supporting a national limit on abortions late in pregnancy and ending public funding for Planned Parenthood. But check-the-box assessments of the candidates carry an inherent danger – overlooking the plain and obvious.
Here is one thing that is plain and obvious to us: Donald Trump can lay no claim to being pro-woman.
Let’s stipulate right off that Mr. Trump is an egalitarian when it comes to insulting his rivals. Both Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina have felt the sting of his ugliness about their personal appeal. Having said that, his cruel and vulgar taunts about women are especially telling in a way that pro-life Americans should instantly “get.”
The pro-life movement today is characterized by women leaders. Two years ago, the House debate over the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was led, beginning to end, by women members of Congress. Their presence and eloquence sharpened the debate, stifled the liberal feminists’ gender-based rhetoric, demonstrated true compassion, and carried the day.
For groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, the House debate was a watershed. It did not mean that men were demoted in the fight. Far from it. The recovery by men of their sense of responsibility for the tiny lives they help to create is crucial to turning the page on the radical ruling in Roe v. Continue Reading