So pro-life voters should set aside their anger toward establishment Republicans for their actual failures and aim it at Trump for his possible failures? Trump may be a pro-life neophyte, but establishment types have never cared about that before, cravenly depending on pro-life voters yet not delivering pro-life legal victories or political champions. If people don’t care now, it’s only because Republicans taught them not to.
On abortion, political insiders have been nothing less than cowards, a point made by my colleague David Harsanyi after the GOP failed to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood last fall in light of video evidence they were selling baby parts. Mona Charen in National Review called the failed hearings on Planned Parenthood’s seedy and potentially illegal actions a sign of the GOP’s ineptitude. “You guys do not understand how to hold a decent hearing,” Charen chided.
The House also failed to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act would have denied Planned Parenthood funding from Medicaid. The organization received more than $550 million from taxpayers in 2014 alone.