Pro-life groups are pushing back against former President Donald Trump’s claim that the movement against abortion finds Florida’s new pro-life legislation “too harsh.”
“The pro-life movement demands a presidential candidate who will boldly advocate for the human rights of all people,” Noah Brandt, vice president of communications at Live Action, told The Daily Signal. “It is sad and disappointing to see a candidate attack the people of Florida for protecting pre-born Floridians with a detectable heartbeat.”
The former president discussed abortion during an interview with The Messenger, in which he repeatedly criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a fellow Republican, calling him “disloyal.” He also weighed in on Florida’s new heartbeat law, which prohibits doctors from “knowingly performing” an abortion on a baby whose age is determined to be more than six weeks. The law provides exceptions if the mother is a victim of rape, incest, or human trafficking.
“He has to do what he has to do,” Trump said of the law, according to The Messenger. “If you look at what DeSantis did, a lot of people don’t even know if he knew what he was doing. But he signed six weeks, and many people within the pro-life movement feel that that was too harsh.”
The publication reported that Trump was “more vague” on abortion in general, noting that the former president did not specify what kind of abortion restrictions he supported, nor would he say whether he agreed with Florida’s new pro-life law.
“Trump is embarrassing himself by abandoning pro-life voters and the children we are fighting for,” Live Action President Lila Rose tweeted Monday. “Florida and Gov DeSantis should be applauded for protecting life. If President Trump is done with fighting for life, pro-life voters should be done with him.”
The pro-life organizations Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and the March for Life both defended Florida’s law on Monday, pointing to polling showing that Floridians support the legislation.
“Recent polling in Florida suggests that protections for the unborn after a heartbeat can be detected are popular (62%), and also compassionate,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told The Daily Signal. “Florida’s passage of the Heartbeat Protection Act protects babies after their heartbeat is detectable and provides vital support to women and families in need facing unexpected pregnancies.”
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America similarly cited the Ragnar Research poll showing that 62% of likely Florida voters backed the heartbeat law, saying, “Florida’s Heartbeat Protection Act followed the science and the will of the people, and was an enormous victory in the battle for human rights.”
“The Act gives more moms who need financial and emotional support the help they need during pregnancy and after their child is born,” the pro-life group emphasized. “Tens of thousands of precious boys and girls will live and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, bless the lives of others, and enhance Florida’s communities….”
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life Action, similarly decried Trump’s remarks.
“Saying that protecting a human being with the universal sign of life — a heartbeat — is not a priority is truly harsh,” she told The Daily Signal. “The Pro-Life Movement did not fight for the preborn and their mothers for 50 years to simply sign off on ‘a line in the sand’ of abortion policy that would allow more than 9 in 10 abortions….”
Trump’s comments follow controversy over his midterm abortion analysis, which also generated concerns from pro-life groups. Earlier this year, Trump suggested that abortion tanked GOP performances in the midterms.
“It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms,” Trump said in a Truth Social post in early January. “I was 233-20! It was the ‘abortion issue,’ poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters….”
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Until prolifers become more realistic, it will continue to be difficult to get Republicans elected nationally. Demanding that a presidential candidate oppose abortion from the moment of conception is unrealistic. But just like the race grifters in the Democrat Party raise money off of claims that there’s racism everywhere and we need to collect money to fight it, Big Pro Life grifters raise money off claims that no amount of prolife success is acceptable until there are no abortions. That way they will always be able to raise money for their organizations because abortion will never be completely abolished.
Accurate. Undoing Roe v. Wade was huge. And it would not have happened under a Bush
“… they will always be able to raise money for their organizations because abortion will never be completely abolished.”….the way slavery has never been abolished?
Human trafficking is a huge problem even with all the laws.
You think there’s going to be a Constitutional amendment abolishing abortion, as there is prohibiting involuntary servitude? Wake up. 2/3 of both houses of Congress will never approve such a thing, nor will 3/4 of state legislatures.
Involutary servitude is allowed by the 13th Amendment exception. So what did the war accomplish?
Cynicism, we are realistic. People die. The problem is during the midterms pro life people were timid. We didn’t get out and really work to get the vote we needed. We sat in our homes and watched NTD or RSBN but we didn’t go door to door to our neighbors in our neighborhood and let them know that we are pro life and it’s acceptable. We sat on our duffs. President Trump saw that and said these people really don’t care about the little babies as much as these other people care about slaughtering babies. We need to get up and get courageous and go out on the streets and let people know that these little babies need to be protected. Cynicism get you nowhere and we are realistic. You’re the one who saying let’s let them kill babies. We need to work and pray! and make her work a prayer. And really get it out there. If we’re not willing to do that, we are not willing to save babies
I don’t have time nor energy to do what you think should be done. Go door to door? No way. Not my problem. I’ll vote and if someone close to me needs help, I’ll help. Other than that, not my problem and I have a life to live and responsibilities to fulfill. I can’t be a fanatic 24/7 activist, and I’m not being paid to be a full-time prolife activist. I have a life, a family, a mortgage, a job, and obligations that need my time and energy. Prolife is far down on the ladder of my concerns, even though it’s a concern. It’s the same with everyone who isn’t making a living being a professional prolife activist.
But don’t say I’m not willing to save babies if I’m not willing to do what you believe should be done. Outside my social circle is outside my concern.
And it’s not just abortion. It’s homelessness too. Outside my social circle is outside my concern. I have other pressing things to tend to.
Dear, I have a life, so do I and all Cal Catholic Daily readers, Do you really believe “Outside my social circle is outside my concern?” No one expects you to be a 24/7 activist, let alone “fanatic.” If you really believe what you wrote, you should seriously consider Jesus’ words at the Last Judgment, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to Me.” And, whatever we fail to do to others, we fail to do to Him, from Whom we will be separated. See Matthew 25. You can’t do things full-time, but you can do something to help babies, their mothers, the homeless, the disabled and hosts of others.
Wheels asked us to go door to door to get votes for pro-life candidates.
God does not ask us to do that.
I couldn’t do it if I wanted to and it would be a waste of time.
No pro-choice candidates ever win in my district.
God is not going to put someone in hell for doing their duties. You are misusing that Bible verse.
Look at Mt 25:31-32 to see who Christ is talking to. Understand the significance of that.
You should consider Thomas Aquinas’ words about how those closest to us have a greater demand on our love and generosity than those far removed from our relationship circle.
Check out Summa Theologiae II-II Q.26
Don’t hurl Matthew 25 at me nor anyone else. If you take that literally, then every time you fail to give something to a panhandler you are violating Christ’s teachings about charity and will incur eternal punishment. It doesn’t work that way.
We need to start somewhere. I have a mortgage, I have children, I have work, I have a home. We all can do something, even if it’s in our social circles, our family. Maybe you are not called to be politically active, maybe you are struggling with making ends meet, but we are still all called to love. We are called to do some work, some evangelization. It could be a brother or sister. It might be baby sitting a child of a relative, or coaching a little league team. All done with love. God will open the door for us to do his work. It does take courage. We are all called.
I wonder if Trump raised his finger into the political winds and judged his chances of getting elected president again stand or fall with his distancing himself from the pro-life movement. Sadly, the democrats have won big by siding with the culture of death, and Trump knows this.
They are right. While we can accept the incremental protection of more and more people, our goal must be protecting all. Several candidates appear to be more serious about protecting preborn babies and their mothers than does Mr. Trump.
And none of your preferred pro-lifers are electable. You want four more years of Joe Biden and rabidly pro-abortion Democrats instead of Donald Trump?
Dear not electable, I do not endorse candidates, yet, why do you presume that Mr. Pence or Mr. DeSantis are not electable? Vice-presidents/former Senators and Governors have been elected president before. And, before 2016, virtually everyone said that Mr. Trump was not electable. You cannot tell the future.
Pence can’t win. DeSantis can’t win. Trump probably can’t win.
I hope the Republicans can find somebody that people will vote for.
A 100% pro-lifer will never be elected president. Trump gave pro-lifers their greatest victory ever from his Supreme Court nominations, and now they turn on him because he’s not 100%. Let’s see them try to run for office instead of doing the fake work of leading nonprofits that produce nothing, create nothing, and do nothing except fundraise and provide speakers. Armchair quarterbacks is what they are.
armchair, your criticism of these prolife leaders is unwarranted. They do more than raise funds and talk. They are changing minds and hearts and votes (both of ordinary citizens and legislators) toward life. They are not armchair quarterbacks. They’re in the fight. (Maybe your moniker applies more to you than them. I don’t know. Yet, I hope you’re in the fight for life too.)
If you’d like to see one of them engage the lost with a Catholic Christian worldview, in a clear and charitable way, see below:
Let us all continue to pray, speak and work for life.
Compromising with murder is never a good thing.
You frame the issue dishonestly. It’s not compromising with murder. It’s realizing what’s possible and what’s not in political matters. Abortion also isn’t the only political issue that determines a candidate’s political viability. What others have pointed out is that a 100% prolife candidate will not be elected president. So you have to choose between a 0% prolife president (Democrat) or an 80% prolife president (Republican). If you think voting for an 80% prolifer is unacceptable because he’s not 100% prolife, you’re making the same foolish mistake that Lila Rose is making in her dismissive comments about Trump. The bad thing about abortion activists is that abortion is all that matters to them, like the commenter who suggested going door to door. People don’t want that, whether it’s solar panels, internet, voting, cheese of the month club, or abortion.