Donald Trump sent a letter to pro-life leaders, intended to “contrast” himself with Hillary Clinton “in the minds of pro-life voters.”

Specifically, the Trump letter highlights Clinton’s statement that the “unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

Sadly, Trump does not challenge the assertion with the truth. Never does he respond that unborn persons have rights endowed by God, or that our government is obligated to protect them.

Trump, rather, punts the question back to the Supreme Court to hash out for another round of decades.

That is unfortunate, because Clinton’s faux pas gave a rhetorical opportunity to refute Roe v. Wade and pledge constitutional enforcement. Clinton admitted that the unborn child is a “person.”

This was, legally speaking, an astoundingly unobscured word choice. Trump did not notice. And so he did not use the statement to declare that every person, as we know from the U.S. Constitution, is explicitly due equal protection under the law:

    “No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” (Amendment Five)

    “No state shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (Amendment Fourteen)

Trump let this timely opportunity slip by, because he has no intention of actually using the force of law to protect human life. Which means, when it comes to ending abortion, there is no ultimate contrast between Clinton and Trump. Abortion will continue under Trump, who has pledged to do nothing more earth-shattering than to build coalitions and advocate (“talk”).

Coalitions are nice, and so is advocacy. But once you gain power, the duty falls upon your shoulders to act, to protect the weak and helpless first of all. Trump can try to hide behind the black robes, but some of us notice that he’s tossed the “sword of the community” into the bushes while little babies call out for justice.

Siena Hoefling
Siena Hoefling is the Executive Director for Equal Protection for Posterity

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