The GOP is in danger of alienating its Pro-Life base thanks to lawmakers like South Carolina RINO Congresswoman Nancy Mace.
And Pro-Life leaders are doing all they can to warn them.
That’s why under intense pressure RINO RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel changed course and told Republicans these five words.
The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision last year that overturned Roe v. Wade was a welcome and hard-earned victory for life.
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
But to many GOP leaders, the victory at the Supreme Court was unwelcomed at best.
Pro-abortion Republicans like Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC) have been leading the charge to “compromise” on life.
Mace even went so far as to tell the Biden administration to simply ignore Pro-Life court rulings.
Mace isn’t alone.
Donald Trump’s campaign issued statements that left Pro-Life leaders furious with the former President.
And access-based groups like National Right to Life have been working in various legislatures to actually pass pro-abortion legislation.
But now, after intense pressure from real Pro-Life groups and activists, it looks like the GOPs leadership has gotten the message loud and clear.
“Let’s talk about abortion”
At least the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee has anyway.
According to a recent speech by the RNC Chair, the surest path to lose the White House and Congress in 2024 will come from Republicans who refuse to speak out on the issue of abortion.
“We’ve seen what happens when we let Democrats define who we are and what we stand for,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said during a speech to prospective GOP candidates at the Reagan Library.
McDaniel pointed out that in 2022, “a lot of Republican candidates took their D.C. consultants’ bad advice to ignore the subject. Then what happened? Democrats spent $360 million running ads filled with lies about abortion, and most Republicans had no response.”
“Let’s talk about abortion, which has become a huge issue coming after the Dobbs decision,” McDaniel told the potential GOP candidates. “When you don’t respond, the lies become the truth.”
“The Pro-Life, pro-woman, pro-family party”
But McDaniel went even further in her comments, giving Pro-Life leaders and activists something to cheer about, and a hope that the GOP will stop its equivocating on the issue of life.
“Polling shows that when the choice is between a Democrat who wants zero abortion restrictions and a Republican who supports protecting life, at 15 weeks, we win by 22 points,” McDaniel noted.
According to McDaniel a 15-week national Pro-Life standard wins over “72% of voters, including 60% of Democrats [who] support protecting unborn children.”
“We are the Pro-Life, pro-woman, pro-family party, and we can win on abortion. But that means putting Democrats on the defense and forcing them to own their own extreme positions,” the Chairwoman concluded.
Her comments came after a statement from former President Donald Trump angered Pro-Life activists by shrugging it off as “states’ rights.”
“President Donald J. Trump believes that the Supreme Court, led by the three Justices which he supported, got it right when they ruled this is an issue that should be decided at the state level,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung told The Washington Post.
The Post also reported that unnamed sources claim Trump personally believes abortion should be a matter of “states’ rights” and that he doesn’t want the issue discussed at all.
Trump faces major Pro-Life backlash
“If you don’t understand killing children is a federal issue, you shouldn’t be running for federal office,” said Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.
“Life is a matter of human rights, not states’ rights,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the SBA Pro-Life America, adding that a states-only position would result in “abortion up until the moment of birth” in states such as California, New York, and Oregon.
“We will oppose any Presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections,” she added.
While Trump did not address the criticism, he did seem to take McDaniel’s words seriously.
Trump, rather than ignoring the issue, bashed Democrat extremism on abortion, “As the most Pro-Life President in American history, I will continue to stand strong against the extreme late-term abortionists in the Democrat Party, who believe in abortion-on-demand in the ninth month of pregnancy, and even executing babies after birth,” said Trump in a pre-recorded message to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“They actually talk, beyond birth — after birth — executing the baby.”
In January, the House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to establish national standards of care — with the support of only one Democrat.
“This is where we’ve come, and it’s so sad to see,” said Trump. “I will stand proudly and defend innocent life, just as I did for four, very powerful, strong years. Because every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.”
Setting the bar high
“President Trump gave us the justices who gave us Dobbs. He was the first presidential candidate to actually describe what an abortion is — a child being ripped out of her mother’s womb even just before birth — and he was the first president to attend the March for Life,” Mary Szoch, director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand. “His administration did more for the unborn than any other.”
That means Trump has set a high bar for any Republican, including himself.
Inside the Beltway consultants tried to blame the lack of the 2022 “red wave” on the abortion issue.
But Republican Governors like Greg Abbott of Texas, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Kim Reynolds of Iowa who signed heartbeat bills protecting children from abortion beginning at six weeks won huge victories in 2022.
And of course, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a heartbeat bill after his 20-point reelection.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.