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“If your child should ask”: NRL News Today looks back at where we were the day before the 2016 presidential election

by | Nov 2, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. As we have for over two weeks, today we are re-posting and/or updating a story that ran in NRL News Today the equivalent number of days prior to the 2016 elections—in this case November 7, 2016 — to give you a sense of where we were then and perspective on where we are today.

The headline read, “If Your Child Should Ask…” It was both a thank you for what grassroots pro-lifers had already done on behalf of then candidate Trump and a reminder what they could do in the last 24 hours. The resemblances to four years ago are uncanny, especially the premonition about what came to be known as the “shy” Trump voter. See if you agree.

“If your child should ask…”

When, like me, you’ve edited the “pro-life newspaper of record” for 35 years, you’ve seen your share of glorious highs and days that couldn’t end quick enough.

Through all of those ups and downs, pro-lifers like the staff at National Right to Life are sustained by the sure knowledge that come what may, we have each other’s back. For that my family and I cannot thank you enough.

I am an incurable optimist. Why? Not because I believe we are on the “right side of history,” or something equally cliché-ish. Rather this confident assurance is because the cause to which you and I have devoted our lives is right, imbued with nobility, and representative of the very best qualities of the American character.

As an incurable optimist, but also someone who spends a lot of time with my ear to the ground, I firmly believe Donald Trump will be our next President and that we will retain pro-life leadership in the Senate. I have felt that way for a long time, a position that was met at points with considerable skepticism.

There are seismic changes taking place in the electorate and mere polls are not sensitive enough to pick up the tremors deep beneath the surface of what people will tell a stranger on the phone.

But whatever the November 8 results prove to be–and I firmly believe they will be good– we will remain soldiers in the greatest Movement for social justice of our time.

Let’s do a near-final check list. Let’s begin with, what would you say …

If your child should ask, are you ready to vote? Have you educated yourself and your family about who the pro-life candidates are? Did you encourage your family and friends to vote for those pro-life candidates, whether for President, Senate, or House of Representatives? Did you mention a great resource–https://www.nrlvictoryfund.org?

If your child should ask, did you take the time to carefully look at Donald Trump’s pro-life position on the fate of the little ones and compare it to Hillary Clinton’s thirst to multiply the number of dead babies, at home and abroad? Have you thought through what it means that Trump is committed to protecting the life-saving Hyde Amendment while Clinton is making its elimination a centerpiece of her abortion über alles position?

If your child should ask, could you tell her that you fully grasped that the fate of Supreme Court for a generation was on the line? That you knew that Trump vowed to nominate pro-life candidates to the Supreme Court while Clinton‘s litmus test is 100% support for Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision whose tsunami like impact has resulted in the deaths of nearly 60 million unborn babies?

If your child should ask, could you document how militantly pro-abortion Clinton is? Did you know that while she was a U.S. senator she opposed the ban on partial-birth abortions on multiple occasions? For those new to the Movement or new to the issue, partial-birth abortions were usually performed in the fifth and sixth months of pregnancy and so grotesque that it took away the breath of even hard-core pro-abortionists.

But not Hillary Clinton.

Before the federal ban was enacted, signed into law by President George W. Bush, and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2007, thousands of times a year, an abortionist deliberately delivered, feet first, a premature, healthy infant until only the baby’s head remains lodged just inside the mother’s womb. Then he punctured the base of the baby’s skull with 7-inch surgical scissors and suctions out his or her brain.

Hillary Clinton can live with that. Could you, if you did less than your best to make sure she is not the next President?

Remember that Clinton’s passion for abortion didn’t end when she left the Senate. There is the aforementioned obsession with ending the Hyde Amendment which saved the lives of at least two million people–and continues to do so today.

And as if to prove her support for partial-birth abortions was no fluke, Clinton opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill accomplishes what the title suggests: it protects unborn babies who are capable of experiencing excruciating pain when they are aborted beginning at 20 weeks after fertilization, which is 22 “weeks of pregnancy,” or about the beginning of the sixth month, a point by which – if not earlier – there is substantial medical evidence that the unborn child can feel pain. 

Public opinion polls show that by lopsided margins, Americans support prohibiting abortion at least by this stage in development, with most polls showing women even more supportive than men.

But not Hillary Clinton.

If your child should ask, could you explain that you’ve been gone more nights than usual because you were helping to educate your community about the local, state, and federal candidates for office?

If your child should ask, could you honestly say that you did everything in your power to help the babies and their mothers?

If you can–as I am confident that the overwhelming majority of you will be able to do so–you can know that you lived out St. Augustine’s admonition: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

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