Donald Trump Makes History Standing for the Unborn

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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. Continue Reading

Trusting Hillary Is the Best Reason to Vote for Trump

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Some have made the argument that Donald Trump and Mike Pence won’t move life, marriage, and religious liberty issues beyond the status quo.

Well, I think we can be certain that Hillary Clinton will change the status quo. For the past 40 years, the status quo has been that the federal government does not pay for elective abortions. Clinton, however, is committed to repeal of the Hyde Amendment and other government limitations on abortion funding. She is also opposed to the ban on partial-birth abortion, or any limitation on abortion at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason.

For many years, the status quo has been conscience protections for medical personnel and medical students who object to participating in the performance of abortions. Religious hospitals have also been protected from having to perform elective abortions in their facilities. Clinton, however, believes that religions are going to have to change to accommodate things she deems to be rights, such as abortion. People will no longer be allowed to assert religious beliefs to justify ‘discrimination’ — despite the fact that Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law to protect the exercise of such beliefs.

For thousands of years, marriage was recognized as the union of one man and one woman — and Hillary Clinton expressed support for that position. However, if a photographer or wedding planner declines to be actively involved in a same-sex wedding ceremony due to his or her religious beliefs, does anyone believe that Clinton will support the exercise of such religious beliefs? Continue Reading

New Poll: Majority of Voters Oppose Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

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Politico and the Harvard School of Public Health teamed up last month to conduct a poll of voters on issues related to healthcare. Among the topics included in the survey was the Hyde Amendment and whether the federal government should allow taxpayer money to go toward funding abortion.

Here was the full wording of the question:

Medicaid is the largest government program that pays for health care for low-income people. Currently the federal government prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions under Medicaid. Do you favor or oppose changing this policy in order to allow Medicaid funds to be used to pay for abortions?

Notice that the words “Hyde Amendment” and “taxpayer” were not used in the question. One might have expected, given the choice of wording, that the results would be less than favorable for upholding Hyde.

However, the opposite actually turned out to be the case. Among all respondents, 58 percent said they would oppose Medicaid funding being used to pay for abortions, while only 36 percent said they would support it. Predictably, responses lined up somewhat reliably along party lines — the split was 57 percent support versus 36 percent oppose for Hillary Clinton voters, and 19 percent support versus 77 percent oppose for Donald Trump voters.

Even more interesting, though, was this additional detail provided by the report:

On this question, women are slightly more supportive than men of abortion coverage under Medicaid, but the differences are statistically insignificant.

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Tim Kaine: These Are the Kind of Catholics Hillary Clinton Likes

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Grilled by Chuck Todd about John Podesta’s anti-Catholic slurs, Tim Kaine naturally refused to respond directly but instead had a message: Judge Hillary Clinton by the company she keeps.

“Hillary Clinton’s feeling about faith and about Catholicism in particular is most demonstrated by the fact that she asked me to be a running mate,” Kaine said. “That is the most direct evidence about what Hillary thinks about Catholics.”

Well, all right then. In order to be chosen as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine had to flip on his opposition to late-term abortion and begin to support forcing every American taxpayer to fund abortions.

True, he tried to square the circle by hinting he was still privately and personally opposed to repealing the Hyde Amendment, but he was going to publicly support Hillary’s radical new abortion extremism, much to the delight of NARAL, which applauded Kaine’s flip-flop vigorously.

On gay marriage, Kaine not only supports civil marriage, but following in Hillary’s footsteps he lectures his own Church about how they need to change their theological views on the sacrament of marriage:

“I think it’s going to change,” Kaine said to cheers. “Because my church also teaches me about a creator who, in the first chapter of Genesis, surveyed the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good.'”

He might perhaps want to read a little more Genesis before making such a pronouncement. It lead his own bishop to rebuke him — not for his support of civil gay marriage but for presuming to tell Catholics they must change their views to be acceptable to the Democratic Party at prayer. Continue Reading

Tim Kaine Proves in Debate He’s No “Pope Francis Catholic”

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Senator Tim Kaine is wrong on abortion. And he is wrong about the Catholic faith.

Thomas Aquinas wrote that is the duty of any leader to promulgate just laws for the common good. Included in those laws is the fundamental right to life, without which no other rights are available.

In last night’s debate, Kaine expounded on his Catholic faith and then defended his position on the death penalty. He then went on to defend sentencing millions of innocent human lives to death by abortion. There is no sense to that. If one believes in the dignity of human life, one believes it and lives it for all humans, not just for those who are born.

Even Pope Francis has called for the basic right to life. While in Poland this summer he told the Polish government that all life should be protected and welcomed into society. And he wasn’t just referring to those who were currently alive. He was referencing the upcoming abortion vote in Poland. Kaine is no “Pope Francis Catholic.”

What is worse for Kaine, as a Catholic, is his position on the Hyde Amendment. “Private” Kaine is opposed to its repeal. “Public” Tim Kaine stands behind Hillary Clinton’s radical agenda as he told Jake Tapper in August. This is an amendment that has saved two million unborn lives since 1976. In addition, one in nine women who receive prenatal care through Medicaid in states that restrict abortion owe their lives to the Hyde Amendment. Continue Reading

“Connecticut Avenue” Is Back: Second Episode of The Pulse’s New Podcast

Last week we launched Connecticut Avenue, the official podcast of The Pulse 2016. Today’s episode, our second, is hosted by Jon Schweppe, contributing editor to The Pulse 2016, and Kevin Dawson, a frequent contributor to The Pulse 2016.

Schweppe and Dawson touched on a number of topics today, including last week’s debate between Trump and Clinton (0:00), tonight’s VP debate between Pence and Kaine (6:00), Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary (7:30), the Hyde Amendment (12:00), Illinois’s anti-life, anti-religious freedom law (16:15), and Trump’s proposal to repeal the Johnson Amendment (23:30).

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After 40 Years, This Policy Has Saved 2 Million Lives — And Hillary Wants to End It

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, bipartisan policy that prevents taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortion on-demand through Medicaid. For decades, the Hyde Amendment — named for its lead proponent, the great pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde — has protected unborn children as well as the conscience rights of pro-life taxpayers who do not want to be complicit in abortion.

A new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute calculates that because of the Hyde Amendment, more than two million people — each one of them created and sent to this world for a purpose — are alive today. How many other government policies can boast that profound and lifesaving an impact?

The majority of Americans (including 63 percent of women, 45 percent of those who say they are “pro-choice” and 44 percent of Democrats) oppose the use of their taxes to fund abortion, but Hillary Clinton and her abortion industry allies want to end this 40-year consensus. Indeed, the two presidential candidates have staked out opposite positions. Donald Trump just last week reiterated his pro-life commitments and pledged to enshrine the Hyde Amendment into law, while Clinton wants to repeal it. Her radical support for forcing taxpayers to fund abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth is out of step — even with members of her own party. The distinction between the candidates here could not be more clear.

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“Honoring” Planned Parenthood on Its 100th Anniversary

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According to the Washington Examiner, 19 Senate Democrats have introduced a resolution recognizing Planned Parenthood for the 100th anniversary of its founding, which took place on October 16, 1916:

“The resolution, spearheaded by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praises the women’s health and abortion provider for leading significant changes in women’s health and civil rights, being at the forefront of social change and playing a major role in increasing access to abortion, contraception and sex education.

“It also calls for an end of efforts to strip federal funds from the group, which Republicans in Congress tried hard to do last year before being blocked by Senate Democrats.”

This resolution isn’t likely to pass the Senate, of course, thanks to those rascally pro-life Republicans. Instead, let’s take a moment to “honor” Planned Parenthood here at The Pulse 2016.

(You’ve heard of trigger warnings? Okay. This is a sarcasm warning. You’ve been warned.)

Since Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood has performed more than seven million abortions. And during the Obama administration, they have only increased their proficiency. In 2015 alone, they aborted 324,999 babies — near record volume. Most government programs are famously inefficient, but Planned Parenthood gets the job done!

Of course, we can’t honor Planned Parenthood without giving kudos to Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who frequently advocated for eugenics and eliminating the “unfit” “undesirables” with “bad genes” from society. What a hero!

In honor of Sanger, Planned Parenthood gives out a “Margaret Sanger Award” each year. Continue Reading

Pence in Iowa: “Donald Trump Will Advance the Cause of Life”

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in Iowa this weekend where he addressed social conservatives at the annual Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition dinner. During his remarks, Pence reiterated his full confidence in Donald Trump and made the case for Trump’s candidacy as a response to the increasing threats to Americans’ fundamental liberties:

“For the sake of the sanctity of life and all of our God-given liberties, Iowa let’s ensure that the next president making appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States of America is president Donald Trump,” Pence said to a standing ovation. “In these challenging times, Donald Trump will stand for the freedoms enshrined in all of us, including the freedom of religion.”

Pence, who opened with his trademark introduction of describing himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” described Trump as a man motivated by his faith and family.

“We both come from the same place: a foundation of faith, family, and a belief in the boundless potential of the American people,” Pence said.

Pence said he thinks Trump’s candidacy has tapped into a movement that he said is “stirring across America.”

“After years of more government, more taxes and condescending attitudes toward traditional values unfurling out of Washington, D.C., toward people of faith all across Iowa and all across this country by the millions, the hinge of history is swinging in the direction of faith and freedom, and I literally see it every day,” Pence said.

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WATCH: Pro-Life Group Releases New Ad Slamming Pro-Abortion Extremism

In a presidential race featuring Hillary Clinton — perhaps the most pro-abortion candidate ever — pro-life advertisements are bound to flood the airwaves. Now, March for Life Action is here with your newest, easily digestible information on abortion in the United States. Clinton, endorsed by Planned Parenthood, has been a vocal advocate for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal tax dollars being used to fund abortions. “Consensus,” March for Life Action’s new ad, takes information from a Marist Poll released in July 2016 to cut through the spin regarding Hyde:

The strongest takeaways from this ad? Eight out of 10 Americans believe that there should be real, legal limits on abortion, a stance which is opposed by a number of vocally pro-abortion politicians, many of whom would like to see abortion legal right up until birth. Notable among them? Hillary Clinton.

Just to reiterate: Hillary Clinton supports legal abortion up until the moment of birth. And she wants every American, including those who believe abortion kills a child in the womb, to pay for it.

As “Consensus” points out, however, almost two-thirds of Americans oppose federal funding for abortions. The reasoning for this is simple — those who oppose abortion oppose it (for the most part) because it involves willful destruction of a human life. No taxpayer wants to see their money go directly to abortion providers for this express purpose.

Even if pro-abortion politicians like Hillary Clinton disagree, and insist that a fetus is different than a human, they should be able to agree that conscientious objectors to abortion should not be forced to subsidize it. Continue Reading