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Dear Donald Trump, Jr: Here’s why abortion matters

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At the RNC convention last week, Donald Trump received the GOP’s nomination. While Trump once supported abortion-on-demand, he now identifies as pro-life. His eldest son? Not so much.

During an interview in February, Donald Trump, Jr. had this to say about abortion:

Honestly, for me, abortion, I don’t get it. I don’t even understand how it’s a political issue. I don’t understand how there is one issue for voters for that. I don’t understand how you can tell someone what they can or can’t do.

Clearly, Donald, Jr., doesn’t “get” pro-lifers. If you’re in the same boat, don’t worry; I’ll see if I can change that.

Why is opposing abortion pro-life? Simple: abortion ends it. Dead things don’t develop, but an embryos sure does, which is why there’s a heartbeat less than a month after conception. That’s followed by fingers at eight weeks and fingerprints at ten.

Non-living things also don’t suffer, but evidence indicates a fetus feels pain by 20 weeks. By then, abortions usually involve a technique known as dilation & evacuation (D&E). Dr. Anthony Levatino is an obstetrician-gynecologist who’s done over 1,200 abortions, and in the video below, he explains how a D&E is performed.

After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body.

The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head.

After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.

The facts obviously show that life predates birth, and it’s something Mr. Trump Jr. should be able to recognize. Pro-lifers want the law to do the same.

But abortion doesn’t just destroy children in the womb–it harms those outside of it, as well. Dr. Benjamin Graber demonstrated that when he performed an abortion on a 10-year-old girl. She had been brought in by her father after he raped her, a crime the abortion hid. With the evidence gone, he not only continued abusing her for two years, but sexually assaulted four other children along with her.

This was far from the only example of a predator benefiting from a coverup abortion; there have been plenty at Planned Parenthood.

Timothy Smith took his 13-year-old stepdaughter there after getting her pregnant. Despite the girl’s age, staff chose not to contact the authorities; one later said “being 13 and pregnant alone is not a red flag.”

A 13-year-old having two abortions in six months doesn’t seem to raise red flags, either— something Edgar Ramirez’s daughter found out. The victims of Gary Cross, Luis Gonzalez-Jose, Andrew King, John Haller, Adam Gault, Grey David Woods, Kevon Walker, and John Blanks, Jr. didn’t receive much concern.

Given all of this, it should be obvious why abortion is a political issue. It should also be clear why pro-lifers want to defund Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain. If that sounds like a good idea, there’s something you can do.

Tell Congress to redirect Planned Parenthood’s half billion in funding to federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and community health centers (CHCs) instead. With over thirteen thousand locations across the country, they offer affordable care on a more accessible basis. And while they don’t perform abortions, they do provide other services that Planned Parenthood won’t.

Donald Trump, Sr. says he had a change of heart on abortion; hopefully his son can, too. One thing that won’t change? How much pro-lifers care about it.

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