On Tuesday night, history was made. Not only because Donald Trump came through the finish line with the electoral college victory that people never thought he would achieve, but also for the issues that he stood for and won on.
One of the most historic aspects of Trump’s campaign has been his stance on life. He has committed to appoint pro-life justices and to sign the late-term abortion ban, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He has also pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and to protect the life-saving Hyde Amendment, preventing taxpayer funds from going to abortion.
What’s more, he took this issue on offense unlike any Republican nominee since Ronald Reagan. He fearlessly held Hillary Clinton accountable in the final debate on her extreme stance on partial-birth abortion and late-term abortion, knowing that these were issues that he stood with the American people on.
Now that Trump has clinched the presidency and helped maintain pro-life majorities in the House and the Senate, there is a historic opportunity to put real protections in place for women and children across the country.
This result also sends a message to the Republican Party that they need to take abortion and pro-life voters seriously. After the 2012 election, the RNC wrote off social issues as not winning issues in their autopsy report advocating for a “truce strategy,” telling candidates to avoid issues such as abortion. This election turns that argument on its head. Considering that “Trump Abortion” was one of the most searched topics on Election Day, the pro-life vote is real. A majority of American voters are pro-life. And the voters want candidates to stand strong on this issue, not surrender.
Now it is up to the newly elected leaders and incumbents to remember this message and to act on it.
Tuesday was an unprecedented victory for the American people — born and unborn — and it needs to be taken seriously.
Mary Powers is a young professional living and working in Washington, DC.