The pro-life movement should abandon Trump over his abortion comments

Published September 19, 2023

Washington Post

Donald Trump has earned the sincere gratitude of pro-lifers for his appointment of Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade. The former president, however, has also earned their sincere opposition to his renomination, thanks to his recent comments on abortion bans.

The pro-life movement fought for about 50 years to repeal Roe because pro-lifers genuinely believe abortion takes a human life. For most of them, this applies to any abortion after the moment of conception. Their movement does not exist to limit abortion or make procedures safer; it exists, as Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America proclaims, “to end abortion and the destruction of unborn human life.”

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Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He was the Thomas W. Smith distinguished scholar in residence at Arizona State University for the winter/spring 2023 semester.

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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