Tony Perkins, the pro-life leader who heads the Family Research Council, says there has never been a “better political climate” to roll-back abortion. Speaking to The Daily Caller Friday after the annual March for Life, Perkins noted, “The sun was shining today and we’ve never had better weather for the March for Life; but we’ve also never enjoyed a better political climate to promote pro-life polices.”
The reason for the favorable political environment is President Donald Trump, says Perkins. Trump addressed the march via satellite, and on Friday a White House news release entitled “President Donald J. Trump is Standing Up for the Sanctity of Life” explained how the current administration is working to restrict abortion services: “Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing a proposal to revise its conscience regulations to protect President Trump’s promise to enforce Federal conscience and religious freedom protections.”
The provisions include “restricting taxpayer funds, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare, from being used by entities with discriminatory polices or convictions.”
Perkins says the Trump presidency has been the most effective pro-life administration since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision made abortion legal in the U.S. “Under previous pro-life presidents, we’ve seen abortion legislation stopped or slowed down; we’ve rarely seen it reversed.”
Like most pro-life leaders, Perkins remains committed to overturning Roe v. Wade but he says the “chipping away” of the abortion industry will continue at the state and federal level. Perkins noted that current technology is also demonstrating that life begins at conception, intensifying the argument that abortion is the murder of the unborn.
“You cannot make abortion morally right even if you make it legal,” he says.
Perkins contrasted Trump’s enthusiastic embrace of the pro-life movement to the hostility that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has demonstrated, including a recent decision to cut-off some government funding for groups who oppose abortion. But he cautions that former president Barack Obama was not much better.
“Obama was moving in the same direction of forcing Americans to support abortion. Fortunately, he didn’t get the job done.”