Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
A Trump win has a massive impact on issues relating to abortion and religious freedom. Here are five immediate impacts:
(5) Supreme Court
Possible Headline: "Donald Trump wins, Merrick Garland updates his resume." President Obama nominated pro-abortion Merrick Garland but Republicans refused to act on the nomination during election season. Now, President Donald Trump walks into the job holding a Supreme Court Justice nomination in his pocket. He's already supplied a list of candidates for the spot which garnered him support among pro-lifers.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83, Stephen G. Breyer is 78, respectively, and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 80. The chances of nominating more justices is likely. Abortion restrictions are quite likely to come before the court. With more conservatives on the court, there's every chance that the high court will approve meaningful restrictions on abortion.
(4) Planned Parenthood
With a Republican House and Senate and a Republican in the presidency, pro-lifers have every reason to expect that Planned Parenthood will be defunded in short order. Yesterday, while voting was just getting underway, Planned Parenthood retweeted a tweet saying, "Terrified. Hopeful. But truly terrified." There was good reason for Planned Parenthood to be terrified. President Obama has stood in the way of states defunding Planned Parenthood, threatening them with removing federal funds if they dared to pull funding from organizations which perform abortions. Now, the Republican party will be under heavy pressure to defund the abortion giant on the federal level. On on annual basis, Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million a year in taxpayer funds on average. That money gives them great political power as well as the ability to end the lives of the unborn. Shutting off the financial faucet to the abortion giant, essentially strips them of their political power.
A Trump win must mean that the Transgender school Mandate vanishes. This is not an issue of strength for Trump. Many Catholics have reason to be wary of Trump on these types of issues. But as we all know, the Obama administration issued a sweeping and horrifying rule that all public schools must allow children to use the bathroom and changing room of their choice. Trump has said he would stop that mandate and allow states to choose their own policies, which is a major improvement from what would have occured under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
(2) Religious Liberty
In a message to Catholics, Trump said during the campaign, "I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions.” For many Catholics and Christians, one of the most important issues this year was this crucial issue of religious liberty. In recent years, we've seen Catholic schools under attack for the crime of being Catholic. We've seen bakers and photographers under siege for adhering to their faith. Hillary Clinton has pledged to steamroll over religious liberty. Trump's Supreme Court selections will have much to say on these issues in years to come.
(1) HHS Mandate
The odious HHS Mandate should be shuttled quickly. Obamacare will be repealed and replaced, according to Trump. He has said it many times. Part and parcel of that must be the ill conceived HHS contraceptive mandate. Obama has pushed the contraceptive mandate, attempting to override the objections of Catholic and Christian institutions. Lawsuit after lawsuit has been filed. Let's pray that the Obama administration ceases to defend the overreach of the mandate.