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Donald Trump and Hillary

November 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken starkly different views on life and family issues. While both candidates may be “flawed” from the perspective of moral values, a breakdown of their positions shows clearly that America will go down one of two very different roads today. 

Below are some of the candidates' more notable stances and quotes on moral issues, as well as the positions each party platform takes. 


Hillary Clinton:

  • supports taxpayer-funded abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
  • has promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, the law prohibiting the use of tax dollars for Medicaid abortions.
  • said she will stand with and fund Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider.
  • defended partial-birth and late-term abortion in her final debate with Donald Trump.

Here are some of her most notable abortion quotes:

Donald Trump:

  • promised to sign the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful, gruesome late-term abortions.
  • pledged to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • says he will appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.

Here are some of Trump's more notable quotes on abortion:


Religious Freedom

Hillary Clinton:

  • has said “religious beliefs” against abortion “have to be changed.”
  • supports the Obama administration's HHS contraception and abortion mandate, which forces religious institutions and churches to fund abortions.

Here are some of her more notable quotes on religious freedom:

Donald Trump:

  • has promised to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which threatens churches with the loss of their tax statuses if they endorse political candidates.
  • says he will fight on behalf of Christians in the Middle East who are facing genocide.

Here are some of his more notable quotes on religious freedom:

  • I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you.
    “As First Lady, US Senator, Secretary of State, and two-time presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has been hostile to the core issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics: life, religious liberty, Supreme Court nominations, affordable and quality healthcare, educational choice and home schooling.
    “For instance, Hillary Clinton supports forcing The Little Sisters of the Poor who have taken care of the elderly poor since 1839, to pay for contraceptives in their healthcare plan (even though they have never wanted them, never used them and never will), and having the government fine them heavily if they continue to refuse to abide by this onerous mandate.
    “This is a hostility to religious liberty you will never see in a Trump administration.”
  • “I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions. I will make absolutely certain religious orders like The Little Sisters of Poor are not bullied by the federal government because of their religious beliefs. I will protect and work to expand educational choice, the rights of homeschooling families, and end Common Core. I will repeal and replace Obamacare so you can have better and more affordable healthcare. I will keep our country and communities safe while respecting the dignity of each human being. I will help Catholic families and workers, and all families and workers, by bringing jobs back to our country where they belong. And I will appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench, like Justice Clarence Thomas and the late and beloved great Catholic thinker and jurist, Justice Antonin Scalia.”


Same-sex 'marriage' and LGBT movement

Hillary Clinton:

  • touts herself as a champion of the “LGBT community.”
  • wants to criminalize therapy helping minors resolve unwanted same-sex attraction.
  • will “protect transgender rights.”
  • says she will “fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans” by making gender identity and sexual orientation federally protected classes.

Here are a few of her many pro-LGBT statements:

Donald Trump:

  • says marriage is ultimately an issue that should be decided by the states.
  • says he supports natural marriage.
  • says that he will “fight” for the LGBT community, especially as he fights ISIS and radical Islam.

Here are some of Trump's more notable quotes on same-sex “marriage” and the “LGBT community”:


The candidates' campaign websites

From the official Hillary Clinton campaign site:

  • “Hillary will work with Congress to pass the Equality Act, continue President Obama’s LGBT equality executive actions, and support efforts underway in the courts to protect people from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in every aspect of public life…Hillary will end so-called 'conversion therapy' for minors, combat youth homelessness by ensuring adequate funding for safe and welcoming shelters, and take on bullying and harassment in schools. She’ll end discriminatory treatment of LGBT families in adoptions, and protect LGBT elders against discrimination….Hillary applauds the Pentagon’s decision to allow transgender personnel to serve openly, and as Commander-in-Chief, she will upgrade service records of LGBT veterans dismissed due to their sexual orientation…Hillary will work to protect transgender individuals from violence, make it easier for transgender Americans to change their gender marker on identification documents, and invest in law enforcement training focused on fair and impartial policing, including in interactions with LGBT people.”
  • “Hillary will promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people, including increasing our investment in the Global Equality Fund to advance human rights.”
  • “In the U.S. Senate, Hillary championed legislation to address hate crimes, fought for federal non-discrimination legislation to protect LGBT Americans in the workplace, and advocated for an end to restrictions that blocked LGBT Americans from adopting children.
  • “As secretary of state, Hillary advanced LGBT rights abroad and enforced stronger anti-discrimination regulations within the State Department, declaring on the global stage that 'gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.' She led the effort to pass the first-ever U.N. Resolution on LGBT Human Rights, launched the Global Equality Fund, ended State Department regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families equal rights, helped implement LGBT-friendly workplace policies, and updated the State Department’s policy so that transgender individuals’ passports reflect their true gender.”

Donald Trump's official campaign website does not mention his stances on abortion or marriage.


The party platforms

Republican platform: Against abortion, against Planned Parenthood, pro-religious liberty, pro-marriage, pro-homeschooling, pro-sexual risk avoidance education

  • “The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can 'be deprived of life, liberty or property' deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that 'all' are 'endowed by their Creator' with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and afrm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”
  • “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”
  • “We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.”
  • “We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”
  • “We support options for learning, including home-schooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools. We especially support the innovative nancing mechanisms that make options available to all children: education savings accounts (ESAs), vouchers, and tuition tax credits.” 
  • “We renew our call for replacing 'family planning' programs for teens with sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior.” 
  • “We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to dene marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges….In Obergefell, ve unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to dene marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

Democrat platform: Taxpayer funded abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, pro-Planned Parenthood, pro-LGBT, pro-contraception sex ed

  • “Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing…. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
  • “We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people.” 
  • “We will appoint judges who defend the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion, curb billionaires’ inuence over elections because they understand that Citizens United has fundamentally damaged our democracy, and see the Constitution as a blueprint for progress.” 
  • “Democrats know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith in many forms and the countless acts of justice, mercy, and tolerance it inspires. We believe in lifting up and valuing the good work of people of faith and religious organizations and nding ways to support that work where possible.”
  • “Democrats are also committed to providing parents with high-quality public school options and expanding these options for low-income youth. We support great neighborhood public schools and high-quality public charter schools, and we will help them disseminate best practices to other school leaders and educators. Democrats oppose for-prot charter schools focused on making a prot off of public resources.” 
  • “We recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education, and a full range of family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.”
  • “Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized LGBT people—like every other American—have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done.”