Local pro-life movement excited about Trump

The local pro-life movement thinks Trump's election is a win.

WACO - President-elect Donald Trump's stance on abortion has shifted.

He admitted to being pro-choice in 1999, but during the campaign he made it clear that his views have shifted and he expressed his support for the rights of the unborn.

Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton and Planned Parenthood v. Casey are all landmark cases which legalized abortion in the United States.  Since then there's been a division in our country between pro-choice and pro-life.

And now an empty seat on our nation's highest court leaves a looming question.

What's going to happen now?

With Donald Trump's pro-life platform and his vocal pro-life running mate, the pro-life movement is hoping to see some of those landmark decisions reversed.

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson, who used to work for Planned Parenthood, says Trump's election is a step in the right direction.

"I hope this influences Supreme Court decisions," Johnson said.  "Possible de-funding Planned Parenthood and various things like that.  In the end, this is really up to us at the grassroots and the state level."

Johnson said since she left Planned Parenthood in 2009, there have been 30,000 fewer abortions in Texas.

Nationwide, the Center for Disease Control cites a 4 percent drop in abortion between 2011 and 2012.  

While that's progress, Pro-Life Waco isn't going to quiet down.

"We're doing the same thing," Director John Pisciotta said.  "We're going to go out and communicate with people, hopefully in a winning way and change hearts and minds.  So, nothing changes."

Even though the group is optimistic about Donald Trump, members still plan to hold him accountable.

"Sure, I think we're excited that Hillary Clinton is not the president-elect," Johnson said.  "But our jobs really don't change."

Trump's plans are causing alarm on the other side of the debate.  From his stance on abortion to his pledge to de-fund Planned Parenthood, members of the Pro-Choice community are worried Trump could cause significant damage to women's healthcare.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment