The following article is from Christine Flowers of Delco Times.
When Donald Trump announced this week that he was going to personally address the participants in the March for Life, the reaction from those of us in the pro-life movement was great satisfaction – and some surprise. You can’t blame us for the surprise, because in the 47 years since Roe v. Wade became law, no U.S. president has dared to step foot at the annual rally in D.C.
We didn’t expect Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama to show up. Legalized abortion is a sacrament for the Left, and it would have been surprised to see progressive executive show solidarity for those of us who fight for the rights of the unborn.
But we also didn’t hold out much hope for our so-called allies, either, the presidents like Reagan, Bush Papa and Bush Son, who talked the good talk about being anti-abortion but who did little more than phone in their good wishes.
I often think that this is because each of those men was married to a woman who was pro-choice, and therefore connubial peace was much more important than expressing support for the people who voted them into office. They had to wake up next to Nancy, Barbara, and Laura. We were just a vague concept.
So imagine the impact when Donald Trump showed up at the March on Friday and made this pronouncement:
“When we see the image of the baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”
This was a watershed moment. In much the same way that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the dignity of all men on the mall in that same capital city, so did the words spoken by Donald J. Trump recall the dignity of a marginalized and nearly invisible part of society. And the messenger was the president of the United States.
It is not lost on me that the man who was giving that speech was being tried for high crimes and misdemeanors a few hundred yards away in another part of the city. That is an irony of history and underscores the unique character of the current executive. He is adored by some, who see in him a true and independent crusher of paradigms. He is loathed by many others, who see in him a fraud, a grifter, a breaker of rules and constitutional covenants.
That is likely why Trump’s appearance at the March for Life elicited criticisms as harsh as the praise heaped on him from abortion opponents. When I mentioned on social media how happy I was that he’d be there, this is a sampling of the reactions I got:
“Yeah, ask him how many abortions he paid for when he knocked up those models he was dating.”
“You know he wanted Marla to abort Tiffany, right?”
“Come on, he’s doing this so we’ll forget he’s being impeached.”
And my favorite, as an immigration lawyer who has heard this time and time again:
“He put kids in cages, so to say he cares about them is a joke.”
I don’t expect the reaction to this column will be any different. Most people who already hated Donald Trump are not going to change their minds because he happens to have done something exceptionally moral, decent and wholly necessary in these nihilistic times.
I am also pretty certain that there are pro-lifers out there who are Never Trumpers and would not even vote for the man if he single-handedly burned down every abortion clinic in the nation and provided free health care for every pregnant woman in America. His personality is such that some will hate him even when he is doing exactly what we begged other, more palatable “conservatives” to do for us.
But the thing is, we don’t need Donald Trump to be existentially pristine. We honestly do not need to have a man with spotless character and impeccable human rights credentials to step into the breach created back in 1973; with Roe we don’t need Sir Galahad, with that purity hanging around his neck like an albatross.
And we don’t need eloquent speakers like Reagan and Bush (OK, like Reagan) telling us all that we want to hear and then doing virtually nothing to stop the killing, the destruction of millions of babies over five tortured decades.
Sometimes, we need the flawed ones, the Sauls riding that horse on the way to Damascus and struck by lightning. We can use the intercession of the Augustines, who spent the large part of their lives creating havoc and only coming to the truth late into their adult lives. Sometimes, we need an actual human being, who screwed up and left carnage in his wake.
I am not saying that Donald Trump is the answer to our problems. He is, indeed, flawed. He has caused people of faith to denounce him, including the kind who write editorials for magazines devoted to living a Christian ideal. He very well may have paid to end the lives of unwanted children, now residing at the side of the Lord.
But for the first time ever, a president of the United States has stood with those of us who stand with the unborn. He was unapologetic and fierce. And even if it was to shift our attention from the impeachment debacle, or to make us forget about the chaos at the border, or to help his star rise as the election cycle gets underway, it doesn’t matter.
Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States, went to the March for Life. And that was more than enough to send a message heard ‘round the world.