Last week, I sat in a New York City hotel ballroom with hundreds of other pro-life and family leaders and heard Donald Trump say something incredibly encouraging: That he promises, if elected president, to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.
As leader of a key millennial pro-life organization, this was a bright spot of a meeting that had few other specifics, at which he only answered a handful of pre-screened questions, where nothing was said about Planned Parenthood, and no opportunities were given to delve deeper into exactly why he is pro-life.
We in the pro-life movement know the ultimate importance of the high court appointments, a fact driven home Monday when the Supreme Court broke our hearts by ruling against Texas clinic restrictions.
So where was Mr. Trump, the candidate the pro-life movement is depending upon, when this blow hit?
He was on Twitter, making fun of Elizabeth Warren and lamenting how CNN has gone negative on him. That’s it. Nothing else.
Two days later, his campaign has yet to issue a statement or so much as a tweet about the ruling. Even though he is not president and cannot nominate anyone to the bench now, actions speak louder than words.
Mr. Trump can certainly act like he cares about an issue that he spent nearly an hour talking about with pro-life leaders last week. My generation, millennials, values authenticity and genuineness. A pro-life student who was in the meeting with Mr. Trump and myself said later that she didn’t get any answers as to why he believes what he does, why he will fight for one thing and not something else.
Right now in the pro-life movement people are wondering if Mr. Trump’s staff is uninformed or frankly, if he just doesn’t care about the topic of life. Was that meeting last week just a farce, just another one of his shows?
In our meeting, it seemed he understood the importance of appointing Supreme Court justices who interpreted the Constitution according to how it is written and not according to preferential rights that don’t exist there.
The Texas decision was a big win for abortion advocates and truly a loss for those of us who saw the law as something meant to protect women from predatory abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, who now sits in jail for the murder of a woman and the killing of babies born alive after botched abortions.
This is a hugely important election year, one that will no doubt determine if Planned Parenthood will continue to get taxpayer dollars, if abortion will remain legal for another generation, and if commonsense health and safety regulations at abortion clinics have a chance of navigating and succeeding through all the legal hoops.
It’s lonely over here in the pro-life camp. On one hand we have a candidate who we know isn’t on our side. On the other is one who seems like he wants to be, but then doesn’t make the time to learn about our movement. He doesn’t seem to take his nomination seriously, doing things like making substantial efforts to get out the pro-life vote.
After last week’s meeting with Donald Trump, I felt like someone who was a member of the dating site “It’s Just Lunch.” It felt like we pro-lifers and Mr. Trump were just opening a conversation, getting to know each other. But after this week, I feel like if I was asked to dinner, I’m not sure I’d go.
Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America