The Democratic Party has made abortion-on-demand a centerpiece of its platform, and many believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will try to reverse the pro-life gains made during the Trump Administration.
The number of unborn lives lost to abortions exceeded 42.6 million worldwide during 2020. Pro-life awareness has helped reduce these life-ending procedures in the U.S. Abortions have been in steady decline in the country since 2010 after decades of spiking well above 1 million. In 2017, 18 percent of pregnancies ended in medical termination totaling 862,320. The pandemic was responsible for only a fraction of that number at approximately 280,000. The good news is that abortion statistics indicate a 7 percent decline year over year.
As an increased number of women gained access to credible information that a fetus was not just a collection of cells but rather a human wanting to be born, abortion clinics have also been in retreat. There were more than 850 U.S. abortion facilities in 2012 that dwindled to 710 in 2019. With President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence emerging as vocal leaders for life, public sentiment shifted to protect unborn babies.
“I truly do believe that the reason why we see more and more young people today embracing the right to life has as much to do with the compassion and the love that’s shown at crisis pregnancy centers around America,” Pence reportedly said at a pro-life movement gathering. “And to be able to walk into a place where there’s nothing but love and affirmation and people who believe in them and tell them, ‘You can do this; you can choose life,’ and whether that — whether that means you’re going to — you’re going to be a mom, you’re going to be a parent, or whether that means you’re going to give that child up for adoption, that’s — those crisis pregnancy centers that have made an incredible difference.”
But the Biden-Harris platform points to the exact opposite. The pair repeatedly promised abortion corporations such as Planned Parenthood and left-wing radicals that helping women make informed decisions is not on the table. Abortion advocates have already pressured the notoriously feeble president-elect to reverse the policies of the Trump Administration. Some are pressing Biden to turn the infamous Roe v Wade court decision into law. That strategy would, in theory, take the issue out of the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.
When asked about President Trump seating three conservative pro-life justices on the high court, Biden reportedly said that “the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land.”
His published campaign platform echoes comments he made on his few campaign stops. It states that “Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade.”
Will Biden use executive orders to undo gains made by the pro-life movement? Definitely. Will a Democrat-controlled Congress make abortion-on-demand the law of the land? The more radical element will certainly try. People who believe in the sanctity of life face an uphill battle over the next four years.