Trump, GOP urged to double down on pro-life stance rather than shy away

Trump, GOP urged to double down on pro-life stance rather than shy away

Trump, GOP urged to double down on pro-life stance rather than shy away

As Donald Trump's trek from presumptive GOP nominee to the real thing looks more like a question of "when" rather than "if," the question of his running mate continues to stir conversation.

Kellyanne Conway, a key player in Trump's presidential administration, wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times that he would be well-served to choose a mate savvy in pro-life circles – one who could "mitigate the damage and turn the tables on one of the few tools left in the Democrats' arsenal … abortion."

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life author, speaker and advocate, agrees but notes a change of direction in Conway's position.

Johnson said on American Family Radio Friday that as Democrats seek abortion with no limits, a Trump administration should double down and seek life without limits.

"Kellyanne is one who's kind of made some missteps over and over again in her analysis of abortion, particularly over the past year," Johnson, now the CEO and founder of ProLove Ministries, told show host Jenna Ellis.

"She is one who has said repeatedly that [abortion until] 15 weeks is kind of the consensus. She says that that's the consensus of the pro-life movement. There has been no such consensus in the pro-life movement, I can say. Unequivocally, I have a much better sense of what's happening in the pro-life movement than Kellyanne Conway."

Johnson said Republicans have been too quick to "cave and make compromises" on abortion. Many in the GOP, including Trump's first vice president, Mike Pence, have been proponents of a 15-week ban. As a Trump rival for the Republican nomination last summer, Pence called on all candidates to support 15 weeks as a "minimum standard nationwide."

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, also supported the 15-week ban, the BBC reported.

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"We're talking about the inherent dignity of human life," Johnson said, comparing today's abortion issue with America's push to end slavery years ago.

"Can you imagine if abolitionists would have said, 'Let's ban slavery only for these people, or people of this age?' Slavery is wrong. They wanted to ban slavery for all people. This is the same thing," said the former PP clinic director. "Abortion is wrong – not just abortion past 15 weeks. Abortion is wrong because we believe life begins at conception."

Republicans have to be strong not only on abortion but in opposition to the LGBTQ movement, Johnson argued.

"When Trump was running in 2020, there were Trump 2020 T-shirts on the Trump website that were in the 'Pride' flag. Why are we doing this?" she wondered. "Why are we allowing this? Why are we so desperately trying to cater to this small group of people when the overwhelming majority of conservatives do not believe in these sorts of disordered lifestyles?"

Biden seems to favor abortion on demand

During a Las Vegas campaign stop last Sunday (Feb. 4), Biden appeared to argue that legal abortion for all three trimesters is somehow different from abortion on demand, Fox News reported.

"I love how Trump now says Biden is for abortion on demand. That's not true. That's not what Roe v. Wade said. It said the three trimesters and how it worked," Biden said.

Johnson counters the president's statement.

"Biden just came out and said he supports abortion all three trimesters. The Democrats are never going to come out and say, 'We accept any sort of abortion ban.' So, why are we trying to form some sort of consensus with them? It's not going to happen. The road is narrow. We have to choose righteousness every single time," Johnson said.