National Pro-Life Movement Celebrates: ‘Planned Parenthood Defeated at Ballot Box’

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA - JANUARY 24: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) arrives to speak at a campaign event with Cecile Richards (2nd R), president of Planned Parenthood, at Buford Garner Elementary School on January 24, 2016 in North Liberty, IA. The Democratic and Republican Iowa Caucuses, the first step …
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The nation’s pro-life movement is celebrating the defeat of Hillary Clinton, who vowed to expand access to abortion up until the time of birth, to make Planned Parenthood her “partner at the table” in the White House, and to appoint pro-abortion Supreme Court justices.

Donald Trump promises to appoint pro-life justices and to eliminate Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding if the group continues to perform abortions.

“This is our time,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “This morning we are closer than ever to defunding our nation’s largest abortion vendor, Planned Parenthood; appointing pro-life Supreme Court Justices; and blocking taxpayer funding of abortion by permanently enshrining the Hyde Amendment.”

“Our nation rejected a party and a culture that supports not a single restriction on abortion,” she continues. “Abortion mattered in this election as it was the most-searched term in regards to the election on Google. The bottom line is this: today’s election results give us the momentum we need to achieve our mission of abolishing abortion in our lifetime.”

Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, says, “Planned Parenthood has been defeated at the ballot box.”

The nation’s largest provider of abortions spent more than $30 million to help elect Clinton and pro-abortion politicians.

“Despite the millions Planned Parenthood and its allies spent to elect a pro-abortion president and Congress, voters roundly rejected the abortion agenda of Hillary Clinton and the abortion industry that backed her campaign,” she added. “When the abortion lobby pushed for unregulated abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and wanted to force taxpayers to pay for them, the American people pushed back.”

The Susan B. Anthony List’s on-the-ground, door-to-door effort reached 1.6 million “low-propensity, pro-life voters,” including Democrats and Hispanics, in an effort to help elect Trump and pro-life Senate candidates that would enable the Republican Party to keep control of that chamber.

“Both the presidential race and the control of the Senate came down to tens of thousands of votes in Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the group, said following Trump’s victory. “This is an historic moment for the pro-life movement. There are four critical pro-life goals now within our reach: end painful late-term abortions, codify the Hyde Amendment, defund Planned Parenthood, and appoint pro-life Supreme Court Justices.”

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life – which organizes the nation’s largest peaceful pro-life protest in Washington, D.C. each year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision – said the election results “reflect America’s pro-life consensus in the House, Senate and Presidency.”

She continued:

We applaud candidates that took a stand on the most critical human rights issue of today, abortion. We congratulate President-elect Trump on his hard-fought win, as well Vice President-elect Pence, and our friends in Congress. We look forward to working together to fulfill President-elect Trump’s campaign promises to ensure pro-life Supreme Court justices, pro-life policies, and defunding America’s primary abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Acknowledging the divisiveness in our country we also commit to working for the day when all Americans know that abortion is unthinkable, and to building a lasting culture of life.

The lead investigator of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) video series that propelled another hard look at Planned Parenthood’s activities this past year said, “Yesterday, the American people voted for change agents to respect and protect even the smallest and most forgotten among us.”

David Daleiden added, “In the past year, CMP’s videos exposed Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry’s barbaric, taxpayer-sponsored criminal scheme to harvest and sell tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains for profit.”

“We can all now unite around commonsense, consensus pro-life policies and leave behind the failed pro-abortion extremism of the past,” he said in a statement.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said, with Trump’s election, the country can now “embark on a path to eliminate abortion and to foster the freedom of the Church.”

He continued:

In particular, this election victory means the end of the HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life was one of the first groups to launch a challenge in federal court. That challenge, joined by various dioceses and other groups, has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, and is still unresolved. Now, however, we see a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Ardent pro-life leader in the House, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) won her own re-election bid Tuesday.

“Last night, we were reminded that the polls, the pundits, and the political elite don’t determine elections – voters do,” Black said in a statement. “With Donald Trump’s convincing win, Americans rejected the scandals and status quo politics of the Clinton campaign, and instead voted for real change to take our country back from the liberal stranglehold of the last eight years.”

“I am elated over Donald Trump’s decisive victory and look forward to working with him and our House and Senate Republican majorities to repeal Obamacare, protect life, secure our border, and act on other conservative reforms,” Black added. “With Donald Trump as our 45th President, we will make America great again.”

Pro-life leaders say they will be working to ensure the promises made to protect both women and the unborn will be fulfilled.

“Donald Trump made many promises to pro-lifers over the course of his campaign, and the pro-life generation will make sure he keeps those promises as president,” said Hawkins.

“Because of the pro-life pledges Donald Trump made during the campaign, there is now a clear path to end the public funding that enables the dismemberment, poisoning, or starving to death of one million innocent children each year,” Rose added. “It’s critical that we unite to hold Mr. Trump to those pledges to defund Planned Parenthood, to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices, and to ensure that taxpayers are never forced to fund abortions.”

“Public opinion on abortion is transforming as more and more Americans recognize life inside the womb and refuse to accept the idea that women’s rights are incompatible with children’s rights,” she said. “Increasingly, Americans are pro-life and demand better for both women and preborn children than the violence that our laws condone.”


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