According to the leaked draft of Donald Trump’s convention speech, which can be found here, he will make no reference to the pro-life portion of the Republican platform.
If Trump gives this particular speech, it will be the first time since 1980 that the Republican nominee has not mentioned abortion or life in his acceptance speech. Several snippets from previous speeches are provided below:
Mitt Romney, 2012
“As president, I will protect the sanctity of life.”
John McCain, 2008
“We believe in a strong defense, work, faith, service, a culture of life”
George W. Bush, 2004
“Because a caring society will value its weakest members, we must make a place for the unborn child. “
George W. Bush, 2000
“I will lead our nation toward a culture that values life — the life of the elderly and the sick, the life of the young, and the life of the unborn. I know good people disagree on this issue, but surely we can agree on ways to value life by promoting adoption and parental notification, and when Congress sends me a bill against partial-birth abortion, I will sign it into law.”
Bob Dole, 1996
“After decades of assault upon what made America great, upon supposedly obsolete values, what have we reaped? What have we created? What do we have?
What we have in the opinions of millions of Americans is crime and drugs, illegitimacy, abortion, the abdication of duty, and the abandonment of children.
And after the virtual devastation of the American family, the rock upon which this country was founded, we are told that it takes a village, that is collective, and thus the state, to raise a child.”
George H.W. Bush, 1992
“I happen to believe very deeply in the worth of each individual human being, born or unborn.”
George H.W. Bush, 1988
“You see, we must — we must change; we’ve got to change from abortion — to adoption. And let me tell you this: Barbara and I have an adopted granddaughter. And the day of her christening we wept with joy. I thank God that her parents chose life.”
Ronald Reagan, 1984
“We celebrate the right of each individual to be recognized as unique, possessed of dignity and the sacred right to life.”
It is interesting that the Trump campaign does not believe that a cursory reference to life or traditional marriage is necessary. This is especially intriguing given that it is the Ted Cruz wing of the Republican Party which remains a concern for him in November.
So why not?
Trump is not a true believer when it comes to the pro-life cause and does not particularly care about the issue of abortion. It is also possible that Ivanka Trump pressured him to not include such language.
It will be interesting to see if the social conservative wing makes an issue of this omission in the days to come.