Former President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to moderate their approach to abortion, saying they “speak very inarticulately” about abortion. Trump, speaking in an NBC interview said that if he were elected, on the abortion issue He would “sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years.”
This writer is pressing x to doubt on that claim, as abortion is an issue that individuals in this country will never be satisfied with until, on one side, it’s ended almost completely (save for exceptions such as rape, incest, and the health of the mother, more on that later), or, on the other side, has no restrictions applied at all.
Trump warned Republicans that going hard on this issue could lose them votes in most places, saying, “Other than certain parts of the country, you can’t- you’re not going to win on this issue.” He was speaking specifically of efforts to restrict abortions even in the cases of incest, rape, and the health of the mother, though such legislation is not widely supported, even among most “hardcore” Pro-Life supporters.
Trump even went so far as to say that efforts by Florida to outlaw abortions after six weeks was “a terrible, terrible mistake.” He said, “What’s going to happen is you’re going to come up with a number of weeks or months, you’re going to come up with a number that’s going to make people happy.”
One of the major criticisms of Trump is his tendency to be “pragmatic” rather than consistent in our ideals. It’s a critique leveled at conservatism in general, and is one of the major reasons this writer doesn’t identify as a conservative even if, socially, the Ven diagram between myself and conservatives overlaps considerably.
As if to accentuate his pragmatism, he also said, “From a pure standpoint, from a legal standpoint, I think it’s probably better. But I can live with it either way. It could be state or could it federal, I don’t frankly care.”
We made the case in a report I wrote called “Abortion or the Republic, You Can’t Have Both,” that winning elections by compromising on abortion won’t actually restore or preserve our republic.
From our report on abortion and the GOP:
The Republican Party has long been the only party openly supporting making the murdering of unborn children illegal. Now, it faces a hostile crowd that has been inured to the evil of abortion as surely as a dairy farmer gets inured to the smell of cow manure after working in those conditions for years. Now, the Republican party appears ready to seek to win elections over defending the underlying American standard that gives our republic its legitimacy, that all humans are created in God’s image, and thus entitled to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The question for the Republican Party is this: Would you rather win and lose the republic or lose and keep fighting to restore and preserve the republic?
We can posit this question to Donald Trump, the far-and-away frontrunner for the GOP Presidential nomination and ask him if he even understands what he is surrendering by seeking to drive the GOP down the path of “compromise” on the abortion issue (never mind his strawman argument against banning abortions without exceptions, like rape, incest, and the health of the mother, which aren’t seriously considered by the Pro-Life community).
I realize my position on abortion, that it should be outlawed altogether save for the exceptions already listed, is cutting against the overwhelming worldviews of most Americans, but I hold to my assertion that if you want an American republic where the individual is assumed to have God-given rights to self-stewardship, you cannot support abortion. I might be fighting windmills or battling the wind itself in making this claim, but I believe it is the right proclamation to make, come what may.
From Ezekiel 3:16-19
“ And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. ‘”