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How the religious right became anti-abortion

In the 1970s, evangelicals became involved in U.S. politics — but being anti-abortion wasn't in their original agenda.

The issue of abortion is often given credit for being a catalyzing issue

According to CNN in 2016, Donald Trump had the support of 80% of the mostly pro-life evangelical voters. William Martin Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy, Baker Institute evangelicals only began political involvement in the 1970s. But it wasn’t abortion that motivated evangelicals to enter the political arena. Many evangelical leaders were running private, tax-exempt “segregation academies."

First president in history to attend the March for Life

The Southern Baptist Convention — the U.S.'s largest Protestant denomination — passed resolutions in 1971. 1974 after Roe v. Wade, affirming women’s right to abortion under restricted conditions. But Moral Majority's Paul Weyrich saw opposition to abortion as a more efficient unifier. Once evangelicals had organized around figures like televangelist Jerry Falwell, their votes became crucial to the GOP. Ronald Regan spoke to 15,000 evangelicals at the National Affairs Briefing while campaigning. Based on data from the Pew Research Center in 2020, 25% of U.S. adults identify as evangelical. Nearly 2/3 of evangelicals believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. They are also a powerful force around Trump: Paula White Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor and in his cabinet: Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump is counting on their support in the 2020 election.

Able to get away with winning support

But Trump wasn’t alway pro-life, as he stated on NBC in 1999. Donald Trump. President Trump has a talent for flexibility if he believes that a group that he is speaking to wants to hear something, he will say it for their benefit to please them. If he goes to another group with quite different views, he's able to do. He's able to do the same thing with them, concludes Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy, Baker Institute - William Martin.

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02/14/2020 2:00 PM

43 comments

  • John S.
    04/14/2020 01:01

    Except the trump lost the popular vote and just barely won the electoral votes due to the lowest turn out of voters in 40th years

  • Faze B.
    03/01/2020 00:00

    Sounds like CROSS BURNING helps him fool 2 turds with 1 ploy....

  • Naida N.
    02/29/2020 20:24

    Even God changes his mind when we pray for something God has ordained. King Hezekiah is an example. I'm pro life and so is God who is judge. Man learns and the mind does too. God bless everyone in Jesus who is LORD and soon coming king.

  • Sol M.
    02/28/2020 19:47

    🤡 🤦🏽‍♀️😂🤣😆

  • Greg C.
    02/27/2020 14:33

    Donald Trump has paid for his share of abortions what do you think?

  • Jamie L.
    02/26/2020 02:54

    The point is that evangelicals are idiots!

  • Denita W.
    02/23/2020 20:55

    In history 1st prez set down he is not a God. What is wrong with them. Worshipping him is a crying shame. Tramp is a very hateful person. Why? Who knows but him. And i believe his followers .

  • Dan M.
    02/23/2020 19:54

    he probably doesn't even know what March For Life is! he just likes to hear himself talk!

  • Mirella P.
    02/23/2020 08:44

    RELIGION HYPOCRISY FAKE PRESIDENT GOD NOT INVOLVED IN POLITICS HYPOCRISY

  • Robert W.
    02/23/2020 01:02

    This is why they love trump: "I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump told the shock jock in recordings released by CNN on October 9. “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. … ‘Is everyone OK?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes.” ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible-looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”

  • Rod G.
    02/21/2020 03:12

    the sheer number of Betas and Soys commenting favorably on this post is proof of its imbecilic nature! haha

  • Becky H.
    02/20/2020 17:07

    Democrates are not baby killers....wow.....how stufpid the country has become......do people really believe this crap.......

  • Candace N.
    02/19/2020 13:23

    What happened to the separation of church and state? When has a man ever been pregnant or will ever be, or have to make any decisions and live with that decision?

  • Roy R.
    02/18/2020 19:23

    Democrats= Baby killers But you are correct. It is a womans right. When does a father have the right. Sick people. Go ahead and shower yourselves with every excuse in the book. Blame everything on Trump. Pfff. Pathetic.

  • Jack O.
    02/18/2020 16:04

    THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO SENSE THEY THINK TRUMP IS GOD

  • John C.
    02/17/2020 16:36

    Despite this attempt by these anti-American libturd demoncrap socialist communists to smear President Trump and to confuse and sway voters away from him, President Trump is the absolute best choice for POTUS. I STRONGLY suspect that this type of anti-Trump propaganda is paid for by Michael "MINI ME" Bloomturd who is a sneaky coward and this is typical of him and his slimy campaign to smear his opponents. AMERICA FIRST! TRUMP 2020.

  • Tammy S.
    02/17/2020 12:44

    Making America great again!!!Trump 2020

  • Wayne J.
    02/17/2020 05:11

    I think what he means is that he's the first illegitimate president in history to attend the anti-abortion gathering. I'll bet trump didn't tell the assembled masses that just a few short years ago he was strongly supportive of a woman's right to choose.

  • Gary L.
    02/17/2020 00:13

    I cant stand people that think fokes can not chage how the feel or think. Yur a foney. Everyone has done things in ther past, they are not prowed of, and wouldnt do now. Shut up hypocrit

  • Griigoris M.
    02/16/2020 21:21

    "EVANGELICALS" AKA "HYPOCRITES"

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