Trump aligns himself with pro-life movement

It is inevitable that bioethics intersects with politics. This week US President Donald Trump was the main attraction at the 47th March for Life in Washington DC. This is an annual event commemorating Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which identified a right to abortion in the Constitution.

The President delivered an unabashed endorsement of the pro-life movement, although, as the media were quick to point out, he had once been firmly pro-choice. He framed his attack pro-life rhetoric in religious terms, no doubt to bolster his credentials with Evangelicals and Catholics.

Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. And as the Bible tells us, each person is “wonderfully made.”

Never slow to attack his Democrat foes, he slammed them for allegedly embracing “the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years, and decades — and you can even say ‘for centuries’. … Nearly every top Democrat in Congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion, all the way up until the moment of birth.”

The top estimate for attendance at the March for Life march was about one hundred thousand. Whatever the true number, it dwarfed the pro-choice Women’s March held on the previous Saturday, which attracted fewer than 10,000

Pro-choice figures focused on the political angle to the March during Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Ilyse Hogue, tweeted that the president’s speech was “a desperate attempt to divert attention from his criminal presidency and fire up his radical base”.  

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge     

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