- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016

Donald Trump is intent on ensuring values voters get his pro-life message, particularly those in battleground states. On Thursday, the GOP presidential nominee announced the creation of a new Pro-Life Coalition ready to spread the word that if elected, Mr. Trump intends to defund Planned Parenthood, nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court and support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The 32-person group boasts a dozen lawmakers, including Sens. David Perdue and Steve Daines, plus Reps. Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Trent Franks and Mike Pompeo. Also on the roster: Govs. Sam Brownback and Mary Fallin, Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council; Day Gardner, president of National Black Pro-Life Union; Ralph Reed, founder of Faith and Freedom Coalition; and Ed Martin, president of Eagle Forum.

“Hillary Clinton not only supports abortion on-demand for any reason, but she’d take it a step further: She wants to force the taxpayers to pay for abortions by repealing the bi-partisan Hyde Amendment,” Mr. Trump noted in a recruitment letter to pro-life leaders released last week.

“Hillary Clinton also supports abortion until an hour before birth. And she will only appoint Supreme Court justices who share this view. She doesn’t even try to hide her extremism,” the nominee said.

“Every vote counts. The policies outlined by Mr. Trump are not only important to pro-life base voters, but they appeal to a majority of Americans who oppose Hillary Clinton’s plan to make taxpayers pay for even late-term abortion-on-demand,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, and the newly named national chairman of the coalition.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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