Justin White: Examining the Pro-Life Choice for President

The two biggest threats to the sanctity of life in America are the Roe v. Wade decision and Planned Parenthood. Currently Planned Parenthood is using public money to fund abortions, which means all pro-life supporters who pay taxes are funding abortions. The government is perverting our money to end the lives of innocent babies. For Pro-Lifers to consider voting for a presidential candidate, that candidate needs to address repealing Roe v. Wade and defunding Planned Parenthood.
In 1999, a bill to make illegal the practice of late term and partial birth abortions was passed by the United States Congress and was sent to then President Bill Clinton’s desk to be signed. Bill Clinton vetoed it. Donald Trump was asked at that time if he would ban partial-birth abortion and he said he would not ban it as he is very pro-choice. Trump added that his support for pro-choice was rooted in his liberal “New York background.” However, more recently during this election, Trump has said that he is now pro-life, but he has also said that he still keeps his strongly held “New York values.” These values are not compatible with the rest of America and they are definitely incompatible with pro-life values. Even though Trump is currently acting as a pro-life candidate this election, it is easy to see that he is doing so because he wishes to appeal to conservative Republicans. In an interview on “Face the Nation” in April 2016, Trump was asked to clarify his stance on abortion, and three times he said that “the laws [on abortion] are set and I think we have to leave them that way.” These are not the words of a man who will protect the sanctity of life.
It is impossible to know where Hillary Clinton stands on most issues because she changes her views from day to day depending on to whom she is speaking. She panders to her audience just to gain votes. She has only been consistent on one issue – the killing of babies in the name of women’s rights.
What we have now is a man who for many years up until this campaign has been pro-choice and whose strongly held New York values keep him from being pro-life, and a woman who has advocated for the legality of partial birth abortions. For pro-lifers, there is another choice. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president, is the only candidate on the ballot in all 50 states calling for the repeal of Roe v. Wade and the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
During his 2012 campaign Gary Johnson was quoted as saying, “Judges should be appointed who will interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning. Any court decision that does not follow this original meaning of the Constitution should be revisited. That is particularly true of decisions such as Roe v Wade, which have expanded the reach of the federal government into areas of society never envisioned in the Constitution. With the overturning of Roe v Wade, laws regarding abortion would be decided by the individual states.”
Gary Johnson is tired of federal government overreach in healthcare. Johnson believes that all healthcare, including abortion, should be handled by the states. While abortion is currently legal in all 50 states, under Johnson’s administration, he would not interfere with a state if it were to choose to make abortions illegal. Johnson has advocated for states’ sovereignty since his time as governor of New Mexico. Johnson is the only presidential candidate who has ever either written or signed an anti-abortion bill into law. During his time as governor, Johnson signed a bill into law banning later term abortions. If that bill were to come across President Hillary Clinton’s or President Donald Trump’s desk, it would never be signed.
For those of us who believe in the sanctity of life, there is only one choice for president that can get us closer to ending abortion in the United States, and that is Gary Johnson.


For questions or comments, Justin can be reached at justinwhite@students.belhaven.edu

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