Where Do the
Stand on the Right to Life?
Two weeks from tomorrow, our country will decide which leader will direct the course of our nation for the next four years. Never before have issues of concern to committed Christians been more at stake. The future of the family, our Christian values, and our religious freedoms truly hang in the balance. We pray that citizens across America will choose as our President a person who will honor God, defend the Christian faith, and respect Biblical values in the Oval Office.
We realize that many Christian voters have made the decision to disqualify one or more of the candidates because of their political views, personal conduct, or both. We understand and can identify with that sentiment. At the same time, we believe it is still important to share what information we have about the stances of the candidates on issues of paramount concern to the Christian community. The Missouri Family Policy Council has prepared the following summary of the positions of the candidates and their past records on the subject of the sanctity of human life. Next week we will examine the issues of marriage and the family, and religious freedom.
We encourage you to evaluate this information carefully and consider it prayerfully along with serious considerations of the character and credibility of the candidates. Please share this information with family and friends, fellow church members, and associates at school and in the workplace. Please be praying that the American people will have a discerning spirit as they choose the person who will greatly influence the moral direction and spiritual climate of our nation for the next four years.
HILLARY CLINTON, Democrat
*Hillary Clinton is a fervent supporter of abortion on demand, saying that "the unborn person does not have constitutional rights." She says that she "supports the reasoning and the outcome" of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and that access to abortion is "a fundamental human right."
*Hillary Clinton stated in one national broadcast that she is only willing to support restrictions on abortion "in the very end of the third trimester." In another interview, she said she opposes restrictions on abortion "at any state of pregnancy, saying that late-term abortions occur because of "medical necessity." Clinton has opposed legislation banning late-term abortions.
*Hillary Clinton has been a longtime ally of the abortion industry. She is an outspoken defender of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. Clinton says that Planned Parenthood should be "funded, supported, and protected." Clinton was presented with the Margaret Sanger award in 2009 by Planned Parenthood for her vociferous efforts to champion abortion rights. She has been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
*Hillary Clinton supports the use of federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under the Medicaid program. She advocates repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid funds from being used for elective abortion. She opposes efforts to eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood through the Title X program, and says that she "would like to see Planned Parenthood get even more funding." Government grants and reimbursements to Planned Parenthood currently exceed $550 million annually.
*Hillary Clinton says she will work to undermine religious convictions about the sanctity of human life. She has stated that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed" to guarantee unlimited access to abortion.
*Hillary Clinton says she supports retaining "Obamacare," which includes taxpayer subsidies for the coverage of abortions in health insurance plans. "As President, I'll defend the Affordable Care Act, build on its successes, and go even further to reduce costs."
*Hillary Clinton has pledged to appoint to the Supreme Court only judges "who believe that Roe v. Wade is settled law."
DONALD TRUMP, Republican
*Donald Trump says he believes the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion was "wrongly decided." In a formal statement, he said "over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country. They never had the chance to become doctors, musicians, farmers, teachers, husbands, fathers, sons, or daughters. They never had the chance to enrich the culture of this nation or bring their skills, lives, loves, or passions into the fabric of this country. They are missing, and they are missed."
*Trump has stated that he believes abortion should only be legal to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest. He admits that he did not always hold this view, but says he had "a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me."
*Donald Trump supports legislation which would ban abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy. Trump says "we should not be one of seven countries that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. It goes against our core values." He has also said that he believes the states should be able to make their own decisions about the legality of abortion.
*Donald Trump is opposed to the use of federal tax dollars for the performance of abortions. He supports the permanent extension of the Hyde Amendment."Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience at least and an affront to good government at best," he has said.
*Donald Trump says that he opposes federal funding of Planned Parenthood "as long as they are involved with abortion." At the same time, Trump has also stated that "Planned Parenthood has done very good work for millions of women."
*Donald Trump described videos showing Planned Parenthood employees engaged in the sale of baby body parts as "disgusting." "It's like an abortion factory, which is terrible," he said. "It's like you are selling parts to an automobile or something. It's a terrible situation going on with Planned Parenthood."
*Donald Trump has pledged to name pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, saying "I will appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution." Mr. Trump has released a list of names of likely nominees who have a record of interpreting the Constitution according to its original intent.
*Donald Trump has vowed to repeal "Obamacare", which requires that health insurance plans include coverage for abortifacients, and provides taxpayer subsidies for elective abortion coverage in health insurance plans.
GARY JOHNSON, Libertarian
*Gary Johnson says that he supports the right of a woman to obtain an abortion "until viability of the fetus." "Fundamentally, this is a choice that a woman should have," Johnson has said.
*Gary Johnson says he supports retention of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the expenditure of federal tax dollars for abortion. Johnson says he also supports laws requiring parental notification before a minor can obtain abortion.
DARREL CASTLE, Constitution Party
*Darrel Castle says that "all persons have the right to life and both the 5th and 14th Amendments confirm that position...Those waiting in the womb are in fact persons."
*Darrel Castle says he will "veto every penny of funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers," and urge Congress to act to remove jurisdiction over the abortion issue from the federal courts.