Tony Perkins, the president of the anti-abortion nonprofit Family Research Council, wrote an op-ed for LifeNews today in which he said that the real target of the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump is not the president but conservative values.
“Your values and mine keep advancing in Washington, D.C. as never before with President Trump’s pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious liberty agenda,” Perkins wrote, claiming that the “liberals” in Congress are attempting to take Trump out before he can “damage” their progress any further.
“If they succeed, they will roll back the progress you and I have made over the last three years for faith, family, and freedom, and force their radical anti-family agenda back on our nation.”
Perkins pointed to Trump’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and his administration’s Protect Life Rule, which prevents taxpayer money from being used for family-planning facilities that refer or perform abortions. According to Perkins, Planned Parenthood’s decision to remove themselves from the family planning program due to the rule cost them $16,120,000 in Title X grants, as well as millions from subgrantees of the grant funds.
The 56-year-old former police officer continued to highlight Trump’s issuing of the presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, which he suggested had also sparked anger in the Democratic Party.
“They are furious he has appointed dozens of originalist federal judges who will defend our constitutional freedoms for years — even decades — to come. In fact, President Trump has appointed one out of every FOUR federal appellate judges now serving our nation!”
Perkins noted the comments of North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows, who said that Trump is the most “pro-life” president in United States history.
As The Inquisistr previously reported, Perkins has long been a Trump ally and previously suggested that it was a mistake to decriminalize homosexuality.
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As for Trump, he was pro-abortion rights for the majority of his adult life but shifted his views when he planned to run for president, Quartz reported. Notably, Trump revealed his new opinion on abortion as he was accusing then-President Barack Obama of not being a U.S. citizen, which Quartz suggested was all part of a strategy to pave the way for his 2016 White House bid.
During a talk with the Christian Broadcasting Network in 2011, Trump said that he shifted his views on abortion after his friend’s wife became pregnant, and the friend initially didn’t want the baby. Eventually, Trump said the wife had the baby, and the president’s purported friend came to view the event as one of the “greatest” things in his life.