THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
HISTORY OF DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO LIFE

Ronald Reagan - Henry Hyde

1976  The Hyde Amendment named after legislation passed into law as authored by Henry Hyde, Republican Congressman from Illinois, prevented the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions (with some exceptions) especially through Medicaid payments. Before the Hyde Amendment passed into law, an estimated 300,000 abortions a year were paid by taxpayers. 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates want the Hyde Amendment repealed.1

1983  Republican Ronald Reagan, who was once a Democrat, signed the 1967 Therapeutic Abortion Act  as Governor of California, later repented and became a staunch defender of the preborn child, the only sitting President who authored a lengthy essay, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, which seriously addressed and argued against the unconstitutional decision of the Supreme Court in legalizing abortion in 1973 (Roe v. Wade decision. A Supreme Court decision he called an act of “raw judicial power”).2

“As a nation today, we have not rejected the sanctity of human life. The American people have not had an opportunity to express their view on the sanctity of human life in the unborn. I am convinced that Americans do not want to play God with the value of human life. It is not for us to decide who is worthy to live and who is not. Even the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade did not explicitly reject the traditional American idea of intrinsic worth and value in all human life; it simply dodged this issue.”

“Late-term abortions, especially when the baby survives, but is then killed by starvation, neglect, or suffocation, show once again the link between abortion and infanticide. The time to stop both is now. As my Administration acts to stop infanticide, we will be fully aware of the real issue that underlies the death of babies before and soon after birth.”

“Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”

President Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation2 (1983)

1984  The Mexico City policy signed into law by Republican President Ronald Reagan banned taxpayer funding of all organizations providing abortions services, counseling and referrals and efforts to legalize abortion in foreign countries. Every Democrat President after Reagan rescinded Reagan’s Mexico City policy (Clinton and Obama) and was reinstated by Republican Presidents (George W. Bush and Donald Trump).3

2013  Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott signed into law a sweeping pro-life omnibus bill, SB2.4

“The majority of Texans support limits to abortion, and we are pleased that legislators responded to their constituents and enacted this important piece of legislation that protects unborn children in Texas. Abortion clinics should not be held to a lower standard of care and regulation than other medical facilities, and those who break the law should be held accountable for jeopardizing the health and safety of women. We commend Governor Perry for leading for life once again”

Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life

2017-2019  Republican President Donald Trump has consistently advanced executive policies promoting and defending the right to life of preborn babies and preventing the destructive, harmful consequences of abortion.5

President Trump has appointed over 144 pro-life judges including Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh; signed a bill to permit states to ban federal funding paid by taxpayers to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood for Title X and Medicaid services; stopped tax dollars funding the abortion industry overseas, a savings estimated at $8.8 billion; defunded the UNFPA long complicit in China’s coercive population control- driven, inhumane actions including forced abortions; championed and ensured organizations’ individual and religious liberties removing federal mandates requiring abortion coverage in health plans; cancelled large federal contract for taxpayer funded experimentation of aborted baby body parts.

Source: Susan B. Anthony List

2018  President Trump addressed the 2018 March for Life and Pro-life Leaders in Washington on the anniversary of Roe V. Wade.6

“As you all know, Roe vs. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world.  For example, in the United States, it’s one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions, along with China, North Korea, and others… Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”

“I strongly supported the House of Representative’s Pain-Capable bill, which would end painful, late-term abortions nationwide.   And I call upon the Senate to pass this important law and send it to my desk for signing.”

“Today, I’m announcing that we have just issued a new proposal to protect conscience rights and religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.”

“(Why we march) America’s future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity, and life for every child of God. Thank you to the March for Life — special, special people.  And we are with you all the way.  May God bless you and may God bless America.

2018  In June the Department of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump announced the “Protect  Life Rule” which prohibits organizations providing abortion or abortion referrals from receiving public funds which total close to $300 million a year provided by the Title X Federal Family Planning Program.

These regulations were finalized by the Trump Administration on March 4, 2019. Organizations applying for these family planning funds specifically targeted to help low income women are also barred from co-locating with abortion providers and commingling finances. This prohibition was in the original legislation signed into law by Republican President Nixon in 1970. Democrat President Bill Clinton removed the restriction when he took office in 1993 and allowed abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provided in the U.S., access to taxpayer supported Title X  funds. 18

Title X family planning funds remain in effect for “natural family planning methods, infertility services, and services for adolescents; highly effective contraceptive methods; breast and cervical cancer screening and prevention services that correspond with nationally recognized standards of care; STD and HIV prevention education, counseling, testing, and referrals . . . and other preventive health services.”19

In August 2019, Planned Parenthood announced that the abortion provider will continue to provide abortions and no longer apply for restricted federal Title X taxpayer funded grants.

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”7

President Donald Trump, State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019

2019  Public Statement by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops – January 18, 20198

“We are deeply grateful for the President’s pro-life commitment, and for all the actions this administration has taken to protect unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to advance policies that value human life and dignity from conception to natural death.”

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of Pro-life Activities,
U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, January 18, 2019

2019  Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the  “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Provider Act”  (SB22) on June 7th banning affiliates of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, and other abortion providers from receiving taxpayer funding.9

2019 Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed  into law Texas  House Bill 16, the “Born Alive Act”, on July 18th requiring abortionists to provide basic medical care to infants who survive abortions. It imposes third-degree felony charges and a fine of up to $100,000 for violations. The bill  mandates any individual who has knowledge of a failure to comply with the law to report the violation to the Attorney General.17

2019  The Texas State Senate Republicans passed the Preborn Non-Discrimination Act on May 7th to stop late term and discriminatory abortions in Texas (SB1033).10

2019  The U.S. Republican House of Representatives in Congress have requested a vote 80 times (as of August 1st) to ban infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions. All attempts have been thwarted by Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in the House of Representatives. Twice, Democrats in the Senate have voted to block a similar anti-infanticide bill.11

2019  As of this year, Republican state legislators and Governors in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Utah have passed laws protecting preborn babies and limiting or banning abortions in their states.12

2019  Patient Protection Rule – 25 Republican Senators and 103 Republican House Representatives signed a letter July 1, 2019 requesting HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) follow the requirements in Obamacare which mandated that qualified health plans separate payments for abortion surcharges. The Obama administration allowed these hidden abortion surcharges to be passed through to the public by insurance carriers without separating the surcharge and adequate notification to insurance “customers”.  No Democrats signed the letter.13

2019 The Republican Party is the political party which supports a human life constitutional amendment to protect preborn Americans’ right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as enumerated in the 14th amendment protections.14

2019  The Republican Party is the political party that promotes adoption and other alternatives to abortion not abortion referrals and unhealthy practices.14

2019  States that have moved to restrict abortion in prior years and especially this year after the Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the unrestricted abortion/infanticide bill in New York are led by Republican Governors with the exception of Louisiana.15 These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana (D), Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia16

2019   The President  has “158  judicial nominees confirmed to the federal bench, including two Supreme Court justices, 44 circuit court judges, and  112 district court judges … President Trump has appointed more circuit judges at this point in his presidency than any president in recent history.  Fully 25% of all active judges on courts of appeals have been appointed by President Trump.”20

The nomination and confirmation of so many judges who respect and carefully adhere to the text of the Constitution bodes well for the lives of unborn children.”20 (Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee)

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Sources:

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Amendment

2https://www.nationalreview.com/2004/06/abortion-and-conscience-nation-nro-primary-document/

3https://www.nationalreview.com/2004/06/abortion-and-conscience-nation-nro-primary-document/

4https://www.texasrighttolife.com/perry-signs-pro-life-omnibus-bill-hb-2-into-law/#.Vtj3U_IrLIU

5https://www.sba-list.org/trump-pro-life-wins

6https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-march-life-participants-pro-life-leaders/

7https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXep_uf-ESY

8http://www.usccb.org/news/2019/19-015.cfm

9https://www.lifenews.com/2019/06/10/texas-gov-greg-abbott-signs-pro-life-bill-banning-funding-to-planned-parenthood/

10https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/05/08/1818983/0/en/Bill-to-end-late-term-and-discriminatory-abortions-passes-Texas-Senate.html

11https://www.lifenews.com/2019/07/30/nancy-pelosi-and-democrats-block-bill-to-stop-infanticide-for-80th-time-refuse-care-for-babies-born-alive/

12https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/07/30/new-laws-deepen-state-differences-over-abortion?mc_cid=fc220667da&mc_eid=5c9cb0cf58

13https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/senate-house-lawmakers-press-hhs-end-hidden-abortion-surcharge

14https://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/Republican_Party_Abortion.htm

15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_governors

16https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-abortion-laws

17https://www.lifenews.com/2019/07/18/texas-gov-greg-abbott-signs-bill-to-stop-infanticide-care-for-babies-born-alive-after-abortion/

18https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/issue-brief/new-title-x-regulations-implications-for-women-and- family-planning-providers/

19https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/no-abortion-funds-for-title-x-the-protect-life-rule.html

20https://www.lifenews.com/2019/11/11/president-donald-trump-has-a-wonderful-pro-life-record-on-appointing-judges/