Republicans like to label their desire to control what women do with their own bodies as “pro-life,” even though what they really mean is “anti-choice.” Donald Trump is no exception. To find proof of Trump’s casual disregard for human life despite his “pro-life” label, you don’t need to look any further than his decision to end the DACA program. Pope Francis was quick to point out this blatant hypocrisy.
“The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected,” Francis said from the papal plane on Sunday.
Speaking during a news conference, the Pope said that he himself isn’t privy to the ins and outs of the law, but he sincerely hopes Trump will change his mind when it comes to this particular issue.
“I think this law comes not from parliament but from the executive,” the Pope said. “If that is so, I am hopeful that it will be re-thought.”
The Pope’s comments came as Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm on record, was wreaking havoc on the state of Florida. Not surprisingly, he took the opportunity to once again warn of the dangers we face due to climate change.
“If we don’t go back, we will go down,” he said in regards to a study that shows the time to reverse the damage we have done to the planet is quickly running out.
Speaking of news that a ship had recently passed through the North Pole without needing an icebreaker, the Pope said that the scientific data on the matter is clear.
“Whoever denies it has to go to the scientists and ask them,” he said. “They speak very clearly, scientists are precise.”
“Then they decide and history will judge those decisions,” he added.
When the Pope was asked why some governments insist on sticking their heads in the sand and denying the obvious truth of climate change, he answered by quoting the book of Psalms.
“Man is a stupid and hard-headed being,” he said.
Pope Francis has been an outspoken critic of Trump and this isn’t the first time he has taken a stand against his immigration policies or his refusal to acknowledge climate change. And once again, he is spot on. Trump can’t end DACA, deporting people from the only home they have ever known, and still call himself “pro-life.” Sorry, but it just doesn’t work that way.
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