November 2, 2020 - Monday
The Trump Administration: Pro-Life When No One's Looking
November 2, 2020
For weeks, we've been reminding people that this election isn't just about the president but about the president's team. USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa put a fine point on that Friday, when he showed that the administration is working right up until the final buzzer to protect life -- doing much more than anyone realizes or expects on the core issues that a majority of Americans care about.
Whether Donald Trump is the president for four more years or two more months, Barsa and the rest of Trump's agencies are going to make the time count. Late last week, the head of USAID issued a statement explaining that his agency had no intentions of letting up on protecting unborn life. "The United States is the world's largest bilateral donor to global health programs," Barsa explained. "The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to the well-being of all women and children and to ensuring all of our partners are in compliance with abortion-related legal restrictions and the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance." He goes on to write that USAID takes compliance with all abortion restrictions "seriously" and reminded our grant partners that they apply to every contractor and subcontractor.
"USAID plans to work with our implementing partners and their sub-recipients to review their compliance activities, which could relate to training, implementation, monitoring, and documentation, as well as to raise awareness of possible sanctions and consequences for non-compliance," Barsa insisted. "The United States is strongly committed to promoting a culture of life and ensuring that our global partners act in conformity with that commitment."
This isn't the kind of thing that usually makes the news. Most Americans have no idea that the Trump administration has drawn such a clear line on U.S. tax dollars and abortion in its communications. And yet it continues, even when people aren't really looking. That's the kind of commitment this president and his team have to the sanctity of human life. They are continually looking for pro-life opportunities and messaging moments.
That's a stark contrast from Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris's (D-Calif.) approach -- which would be just as committed, unfortunately, to using tax dollars to fund abortion. And not just in America, but around the world in every nation. This is a duo that's promised to overturn the Hyde amendment, repeal the Mexico City policy, and make abortion our biggest export. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood, codify Roe v. Wade into law, and make abortion a litmus test for judges.
To see just how devastating the Democratic ticket would be on the issue of life, check out their campaign promises and voting record -- and then compare it to what Donald Trump has done. "A Biden-Harris administration would be, by any honest account, the most pro-abortion political force in American history," Dr. Albert Mohler warns. And while there are many issues that concern us, the sanctity of human life is the most fundamental of all. If a leader can't get that right, what can they?
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.