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January 20, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — For many pro-life leaders, today is a difficult day. Joe Biden, the most pro-abortion candidate in American history, along with Kamala Harris, who persecuted pro-life hero David Daleiden, will be sworn in as president and vice president in Washington, D.C.

Headlines at mainstream media outlets like NBC warn what’s coming: “Biden readies sweeping rollback of Trump-era abortion crackdown.” Money will begin flowing towards abortion organizations in America and abroad; the Hyde Amendment will be at risk; abortion industry executives will warm chairs in the Oval Office.

The pro-life movement, in the meantime, has shifted to a defensive posture. With a razor-thin margin in the Senate, Democrats will likely have to rely on West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin to ramrod their agenda through.

Manchin, who is pro-life, voted for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh under enormous pressure (but voted against Amy Coney Barrett, citing concerns with the pace of the process.) If pro-lifers can somehow stave off the most radical elements of Biden’s agenda — court-packing, the Equality Act, and the repeal of the Hyde Amendment — for two years, the GOP will have the opportunity to retake the House.

In the meantime, it is important to remember that for years now, the abortion rate across America has been dropping (with the exception of 2018) not, largely, because of anything done by the executive branch. It has been the tireless work of pro-life state legislators that has been the most significant factor in reducing the number of abortions.

This is not to say that the presidency is irrelevant, of course, but rather to point out that pro-lifers should not despair or slacken their pace. The movement passed hundreds of laws saving untold thousands of lives during Obama’s tenure. The same can be done during Biden’s term, which will hopefully be four years, not eight.

On the state level, pro-life legislators have been relentless. As I write this, laws are advancing across the country. In Kansas, lawmakers are working to pass a measure that would declare that the state constitution does not grant any abortion right and allowing legislators to further restrict abortion, which abortion activists say is the first step towards a state ban. In Iowa, lawmakers are working on HSB 41, which would amend the Iowa Constitution to indicate that it does not “recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or require the public funding of abortion.” This was already approved by the Senate in 2020; if it passes the House, the measure will be put to Iowa’s voters.

According to Operation Rescue, 45 abortion clinics either closed or stopped performing abortions last year — and most significantly, Missouri became the first abortion-free state. Missouri’s last abortion clinic, the Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, was nearly shut down in 2019 after a state investigation into “deficient practices,” and was only saved by the intervention of a judge who blocked the closure. Operation Rescue now says that while the clinic remains open, it no longer provides abortions, sending those attempting to procure one to a clinic in Illinois. An abortion-free state is no mean accomplishment, and pro-lifers have worked towards this for years.

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After the events of the last three months, President Trump has departed the White House and Washington, D.C.

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No president in recent memory, including Ronald Reagan, has done as much to defend innocent preborn children as President Trump.

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Promises made, promises kept. Please see the 'For More Information' section below for a comprehensive list of President Trump's accomplishments for Life, Faith and Freedom.

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On the issues of Life and Family, President Trump has accomplished the following amongst many others:

  • Appointed three supreme court justices, including Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanagh, and Neil Gorsuch, who all appear to hold pro-life values.
  • Reinstituted the Mexico City Policy - preventing American aid from funding abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Kept his promise on judicial appointments by appointing more conservative men and women to federal courts of appeals than any president in American history.
  • Put the U.S. into the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which states that family is the "natural and fundamental group unit of society..."
  • And, signed legislation to empower states to defund Planned Parenthood.

And, on the issues of Faith and Freedom, President Trump has done the following amongst many others:

  • Lifted the Obama administration’s contraception mandate that required religious employers like the Little Sisters of the Poor to participate in the provision of contraceptives and abortifacients.
  • Issued an Executive Order on "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty," granting churches more freedom to speak about political issues and elections.
  • Established a White House office tasked with fielding the concerns of religious Americans and monitoring threats as they arise.
  • Released a guidance affirming students have the right to pray in public schools.
  • Announced a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that joins more than two dozen countries to push for religious tolerance and an end to religious persecution.

Again...promises made, promises kept.

Thank you, President Trump, for fighting hard to defend Life, Faith and Freedom. Your legacy will live on, long after you have left office, and we applaud your courage and foresight to fight for these most vital of issues.

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In South Carolina, a heartbeat bill may finally pass the state senate. Ohio recently passed a law demanding that aborted babies be buried, drawing fury from abortion activists. A North Dakota bill would make abortion a felony. Two pro-life bills have been put forward in Montana; one to restrict abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy, and the other to restrict the distribution of abortion drugs. Other pro-life laws, from Mississippi to Texas, continue to wind their way through the political process.

There is much to be done, and much that can be done. Getting to know the pro-life leaders and grassroots activists of this wonderful movement has been one of the great privileges of my life, and their creativity and determination will ensure that even as pro-lifers face setbacks under a Biden Administration, progress will still be made and lives will still be saved.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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