Despite the incredible resistance put up by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, U.S. President Donald Trump has made a significant difference in the U.S. for the better.
In May 2019, the Trump administration published new regulations for funding Title X, Department of Health and Human Services. Title X funds were set up under former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other healthcare services. Although the Title X funds were not supposed to be used for abortions, Democratic President Clinton changed the policy to allow clinics to provide abortion referrals. The funds, in fact, helped Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business as well as other abortion clinics. President Trump’s new regulations on Title X requires that these clinics no longer refer for abortion and that they must separate any abortion business from taxpayer funded services. This means that family planning services must be in separate buildings, with separate staff, from the abortion business or they will be refused funding.
Planned Parenthood immediately brought legal challenges before lower federal courts in Oregon and Washington State to obtain an injunction to prevent the regulations from taking effect. The injunction was overturned by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. As a result, the new rule on Title X now prohibits “the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”
As a consequence of Trump’s policy, Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics chose to give up $60 million U.S. in order to retain abortion referral as part of their services.
According to a pro-abortion organization, Power to Decide, 876 clinics from across the U.S. have now lost funding. These clinics, by opting out of funding, have placed a higher priority on abortion than the provision of a broad range of acceptable family health services to help the poor.
When President Trump was running in the 2016 US national election, he promised that, if he were elected, he would make, as his priority, the appointment of pro-life judges to the courts. This he has done. Since he took office, 161 pro-life judges have been appointed to U.S. courts. President Trump has said that within the next two months he expects to have appointed a total of 182 judges.
These appointments have far surpassed the number of appointments made by previous presidents. He has achieved this remarkable number of appointments despite fierce resistance from the Democrats who control the House of Representatives. The latter have used many devious tactics, including lies and character assassination, and religious bigotry to attempt to stop these appointments. The disgraceful scenes surrounding the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh serve as an example of the depth to which pro-abortion Democrats will sink to stop pro-life appointments.
The Trump judicial confirmations are reversing a decades-long trend of liberal activists controlling the judiciary. Trump’s appointments have mostly been bright young men and women who will be sitting on the Bench for years to come, and who seriously believe that their role is to follow the law, not to make new law according to their whims.
This is a significant change from the unelected, left-wing, liberal judges previously appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama, who took the powers of an elected government and gave it to themselves. This has been the situation in Canada as well, where judges are imposing, by judicial decree, laws which the left-wing could never win at the ballot box.