Debate Takeaway 2 – Abortion :: by Bill Wilson

The last debate between presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump drew a clear line in the sand regarding abortion. This is an issue that Christians have long held as the single issue qualifier for a candidate to receive their vote. To put it simply, Trump said he is pro-life.

Clinton said she is pro-abortion. But it is the extent to which they hold their positions that voters of good conscious should study. This extends to the delicate balance of the Supreme Court to government (taxpayer) funding of Planned Parenthood to allowing late term abortions of babies who are able to survive outside the womb.

Asked by moderator Chris Wallace if Roe v Wade should be overturned, Trump responded affirmatively, saying, “Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states…if they overturned it, it will go back to the states… that will happen automatically, in my opinion because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”

Clinton answered, “I strongly support Roe v Wade, and in this case, it’s not only about Roe v Wade… So many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood, which, of course provides all kinds of cancer screenings and other benefits for women in our country.” Fact: Planned Parenthood does not provide cancer screenings at all.

Wallace asked Clinton about her vote against banning late-term, partial birth abortions. She responded, “” do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.”  Trump said, “I think it’s terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby… And that is not acceptable.”

Fact: The Centers for Disease Control states that 1.3% of abortions are late-term, translating to some 15,000 babies executed just prior to leaving the birth canal. The Guttmacher Institute, which studied who gets late term abortions, reports, “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

When pressed further, Clinton said that the government had no business interfering with the decision to have a partial birth abortion, “And I will stand up for that right.” Trump said, “And, honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that, as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth.”

This is egregious that a person running for President of the United States would advocate the grotesque killing of babies in the birth canal. How could any Christian support a leader who wants to do this? The Lord said in Jeremiah 2:34, “Also on your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but plainly upon all these things.” As Christians, we should never support such abomination.

Have a blessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson