Defeating the entrenched USA abortion culture

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ED MARTIN: But tonight I want to talk about what's happening in America and also, especially about Donald Trump. Because Donald Trump is one of the great gifts, now being American, it's a little bit like being from Queensland I learned today, which is a little bit like being from Texas in America. Which is to say, you think that your stuff is bigger and better, stronger, but you know, some Americans, so I say this and I can say this now with authority.

I used to say Donald Trump was the greatest thing that's happened to America. But I'm pretty sure Donald Trump is the greatest thing that's happened to Western civilization in the last 100 years. Maybe that's a little bit much, probably but what's an extraordinary occurrence in America in terms of change, and the possibilities for the future.

So I want to start by talking about the pro-life efforts and how Trump has helped, and I want to be able to highlight that 'cause I think it's important to everybody here, and I want to not lose that central focus but I want to then talk about Donald Trump in general. And I'll point you to a couple of things.

I know was a stack of my cards here. If you get one of these cards, it has my email address. I know Fiona (Simpson MP) you're impressive. I'm really famous in my neck of the woods, for if I get your card, I go and email you within a little while. Fiona got my card about an hour ago and she already emailed me, she beat me to it. So I'm really impressed. That's how you know a good politician by the way. That's some of the constituent services. But if you take my card and email me, I'd love to be in touch with you, add you to our email list and keep you informed, but also I'm going to talk about three books. And if you'd like one of these books and you'll send me an email, I'll mail you one of these books free of charge as a gift for being here and asking me.

But the first one is called How The Republican Party Became Pro-life. And it's a story about activism and how a band of women after Roe v. Wade happened in 1973 in America, was mostly women, Phyllis Schlafly and others went about changing and protecting the platform plank on pro-life in America in the Republican Party.

We only have two parties in America. The two parties have successfully colluded together to make it impossible for other parties to really form, and so you have to be within one of the parties.

The Democratic Party is left and pro-abortion and pro lots of stuff. And the Republican Party is pro-life and otherwise pretty conservative, although imperfect.

But its importance of platforms is a big deal. And I would just point it's a really good read, worth learning, you learn a lot about American politics.

The other book, which I think is the greatest book for women that want to understand how you can have it all, just not all at once. This is Phyllis Schlafly. She was always quoted as saying about her own life, she said "I had it all, just not all at once." What she meant was she had a wonderful marriage, they had six kids, she raised her six kids, 17 grandkids. She wrote books, she gave speeches, she ran for office. She didn't do it all at once. She did it over a long life and she wouldn't have missed any piece of it, but she wanted to make sure that people knew.

And this is a collection of books, in fact Fiona, we were talking about Joyce. This is a book that we decided to publish. Phyllis is the volume one of Phyllis Schlafly Speaks. And it's her favourite speeches, over about a 50-year period there is about 13 speeches that she picked out before she passed away in September 2016. They range from military questions regarding the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 60s, politics, pro-life, feminism and it's her speeches and we publish this ourselves.

As an organisation we figured out how to publish it well, I think, and we're publishing. Volume two is out already. Volume two is called On Donald Trump. Phyllis Schlafly wrote about Donald Trump, 67 times before she passed away, on his policies, never really on him. Well, a few times on his communication skills but on his policies and what he wrote and said and all. Volume three is the pro-life volume. Volume four is called Endorsing Reagan, and it's all of her writings in the 15 years before Reagan was president. And then volume five is called Reagan in The White House because she wrote about Reagan then. You can see, we're going to publish her collected works that way.

And then the last book, which is my favourite because I co-wrote it is called The Conservative Case for Trump. And we published this book, you talk about politics is where the action is.

You want to make something happen? It's not enough to be sincere. It's good to be sincere. It's good to be sincere and have the truth, but you have to know politics where the action is. You've got to make the ball move down the field as we say in American football, and you got to make progress.

So we published this book on September 6, about eight weeks before the election, because we knew that conservatives would need to hear from a big-time conservative. Not me, Phyllis Schlafly, and that why they could hang with Trump.

So this book came out on the 6th September. Unfortunately or fortunately as the Lord sorts it out, Phyllis Schlafly died on the fifth. So she dies on 5 September, my flight to New York City to go launch the book is that evening and one of her sons calls and says, "you know Ed, she's gone". And I "so, what we do now, when's the funeral?" And he said, "Well, we'll worry about the funeral in a minute, but mother would want you to have a good cry. I'll give you about an hour and then get on the plane and go launch the book."

And so because we launched the book after she died and the whole country was fascinated by this 92-year-old icon who had endorsed Donald Trump. I got lots more attention and the book went to the New York Times bestseller list and people bought copies.

And when they came after Donald Trump and said he's this, and said he's that, conservatives stayed with him because I think people like Phyllis and I made these arguments. So this is another book if you'd like to read this.

I will tell, you're going to want to preorder my next book which is called Can't Trump This 2017, and it's just a small book and it's, but it's about 140 pages of all of what Trump has done in his first year.

Because you're hearing here in this country and we hear in America that all he does is insult people perhaps or say things that are funny or whatever.

He's doing things to dramatically transform America and our government, and it really requires a book. I mean I've been working on it for about three months, because the number of regulations that he's rolled back, what he's done in education, what he's done in the military go through this.

In the military, Obama was doing all the things down the stretch that he didn't want Hillary to have to do, when she was president. So he changed all the rules on transgender in the military and women in combat, and all these things by executive order by stroke of his pen. And Trumps changed all those. He's changed it back, he said, if you're going to be in the military, we're actually going to fight like we're in the military, not in a social services agency.

So anyway, so Can't Trump This 2017 is going to be a really good read too. You're going to want that.

So let me talk about pro-life. I have a copy of a piece of paper here, a copy of the platform. The Republican Party platform is about 130 pages. It's a document that's about this big. As big as an eight and a half by 11 is the cover. And this is the Republican platform from 2016, as a photocopy, signed by Donald Trump on the cover. We developed our platform when we we're at our convention.

Our convention was in July in Cleveland, Ohio. When Phyllis Schlafly was prepared to endorse Donald Trump on March 11, she met with Donald Trump before she endorsed him. And she said I really need you to commit to two things. Number one, she said I've spent my life making our platform conservative, pro-life, pro-family for what's called military superiority and I really need your help to support to keep the platform and Donald Trump said I'll support the platform. You tell me how to do it, what you want and we'll take care of it, we'll do it. And he did it, he honoured his word.

When we got to Cleveland, the Trump people knew that we were going to get the good platform and we got a great platform, pro-life, none of the transgender stuff, none of the gay marriage stuff, none of that stuff that all that moderates were trying to bring in. They all got back and we have a great platform.

Phyllis said, of course it was sort of her last rodeo. She was there and eight weeks later she passed away, said it was the best platform of her life. Most extraordinary document to have.

The second thing by the way, that she asked Trump. She said I needed you to commit to appointing judges like Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died and Trump said I'll do that too. And the judges, I'll just give a footnote, Donald Trump wins for President, the fifth, the ninth Justice on the Supreme Court is vacant and so it's the fifth vote, five to four conservatives and Neil Gorsuch is a great conservative. He is on the court now because of Trump, because Trump won and Trump committed to appoint good judges, he is a good judge, that's exciting.

It's going to change the country, it's culture, everything. But I'll tell you something else, there are hundreds, not tens, hundreds of other judges that he is appointing in the lower courts, Trump, every week that are also conservative. That are young, conservative, thoughtful people that in America, you are a lifetime appointment to a federal judgeship. So this is a transformative thing and to a man and woman, they're real conservatives; pro-life and pro-family, being appointed to the bench.

It's extraordinary, it's an extraordinary thing. But, back to this meeting. So the meeting takes place indoors, Trump ends up going on to support the platform. After Phyllis died, I told you she died on Monday 5 September, Trump's people called and they said, we want, the candidate wants to come to the, actually back then they called him Mr. Trump and even, Phyllis, when she would talk to him on the phone, she called him Mr. Trump, she liked that. She said in the world that she comes from, like you actually call people Mr. and Mrs. He called her Mrs. Schlafly. I mean it's just kind of, anyway if you actually like things like respect, it's kind of cool if you like the modern culture that says we're all supposed to be pals, then you find it foreign. But anyway, so it was really great.

But they said, they called and said Mr. Trump wants to come to Phyllis's funeral. So he said, well okay. And so he cancelled all his schedule and on that Saturday, five days later, Donald Trump flew with his wife from from New York out to St. Louis and he came, and they knew that if they came for the whole service, the Secret Service would have to keep the church locked up and it would be a hassle.

So they came just before and he met with the family and he went to the casket and then he spoke for about four minutes before the service began and then he left so that he wouldn't intrude. And his words are extraordinary. If you email me, I'll send them to you. Wonderful, thoughtful words, but I thought this anecdote was kind of special to me.

The family, Phyllis had I mentioned six children, 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren when she died and they were all there, this is her funeral. A few of her cousins who were close to her and this is about probably almost with spouses, probably about 60 people in a chapel, kind of side room in the church and where the casket was. And so Trump comes with Melania and they come down and I greeted them and I said, here is what we have.

I said we've got the family, there's a bunch of the cousins and that we've got someone with a camera to take some photographs. People are really excited to see you. Most of them are going to vote for you, I wasn't sure. And so we went in the room and he worked his way around the room and saw all this family and they were all excited to see him. He came up towards the front where the casket was and comes back down. He gets all the way back to the end having seen everybody and he says to me, "I didn't get to pause at the casket to say a prayer," under his breath kind of. He said, "Do you think I can go back up, or will it be too noticeable?" I said I don't think anyone will mind.

And so he turned back around and he and Melania and walked right back up the middle of the family and then there's this iconic photo of him with his head bowed saying a prayer before the casket of Phyllis Schlafly who was extraordinary.

Of all the stuff that you hear about the president, you can tell a lot about people in small moments of who they are and it was extraordinary. It was a kindness and it was a Saturday, maybe six or seven weeks before the election. And he took a full day out to have to come to this funeral, to come see Phyllis and family and to see her off.

But at the funeral being a typical, whatever I am I said, "Hey, before you leave Mr. Trump, would you mind signing this?" And he said, "What is it?" And I said, "It's the 2016 platform that you promised you'd deliver on and you did, and I have one signed by Phyllis and I want one signed by you."

I should have had him sign, him sign hers, and that, anyway, so I had him sign it and we have it in Phyllis's office behind her desk. The 2016 platform signed by now the President of The United States.

So Donald Trump and pro-life, in America there's two reasons to be excited about what Donald Trump is doing for pro-life.

The first one has to do with all the specific instances in the law that he is making a difference. The second has to do with the psychology of being able to think, it's kind of spiritual, too, but to be able to imagine what the future could be, imagine how we could be living in a place where abortion is not a right or abortion is not safe.

What is it they say? I hate to do it to Tony, but 'safe, legal and rare'. That's a Clinton phrase, that was done back, Bill Clinton coined that after consulting with people. And so, instead we want to have it illegal, uncommon maybe or whatever it is.

I mean we know sin will occur even if it's illegal, but we want to make it illegal.

Anyway, you get the point and so Trump first, first on the policies, and if you look closely at the policies, Donald Trump comes into office, among the many mistakes in America's judgement over the years is we spent a lot of money overseas with bad people and bad countries, but one of them that's really blatant is we give it to organisations that actually advocate for or do abortions. And every time we get a new president, they have to do what's called the Mexico City Protocol, and they have to change the rule.

And Trump did that first act. I think it was actually the first Executive Order where he said, we're stopping money going to those groups. As you know that the abortion industry needs money. They don't do it out of kindness. They do it for money and for evil, but they, so that was right off the bat and for those of the people that were sort of saying well, is he really with us, is he going to do something else first? Is he going to do, build the wall first? He did that right off the bat.

The second thing that was right off the bat was the Gorsuch appointment.

You can say what you want about Donald Trump's White House, what you think it could look like, what the media tells you how it could be run, they were able to get a Supreme Court justice confirmed, very difficult in America.

They know the stakes, meaning the media and the left and they got Gorsuch, this Neil Gorsuch through in record time. And the court is now five to four, solidly five to four for more conservative positions.

Now there's a problems in there, don't get me wrong. It's not for everybody but we had to have Gorsuch and we had to get him through and we got him through. I mean those are two substantial sort of steps. And then from all the organisation, some of you would know, the pro-life organisations, they put people into the top echelon.

The number two person in Health and Human Services is one of the women that headed up Americans United for Life, a group that I worked with and she's in a quite really important position.

Now, I will tell you, the media may, this is a new story the media is pushing that Trump is not, they say he's having trouble filling vacancies at the top level of government. And they did an interview the other day and he said, there's like 40% of these top level jobs are vacant and they said you're having trouble filling these vacancies and he said actually the work is getting done. I think I'm probably not going to fill them. Why would we pay all that money for all those things, and so he's not filling.

But at those key places, and there's key places.

Like in a section of our Health and Human Services, there's an abstinence, there is a sex education office that changes depending on who's in office and we've got an Abstinence First advocate in officer who's in charge of that office, which is a huge difference.

And now, the one place that I'll say all of us want Planned Parenthood defunded. And he has not been able to defund Planned Parenthood. Now here's the trick on that. Some of what Trump can do by Executive Order he's doing, and some of us wish he'd do even more, Maybe push the envelope but Planned Parenthood is so powerful with both parties and with the last president, that a lot of the things that they get are enshrined in law.

So it starts with the Congress. It's not something that he can just change with the stroke of a pen, so it starts with Congress. And so that's a real problem. I mean, in America the Planned Parenthood, that's the abortion mills, the industry, it's not just hundreds of millions of dollars for abortions. It is that but it's hundreds of millions of dollars for influencing elections, and supporting the candidates that are for their positions and dominating the local communities.

They're killing the babies so it's starting from the wrong point, but their ancillary effect is really a problem.

You may have heard the Obamacare. When Obamacare was passed, people may not understand the details of it, in fact most Americans don't. I can't say I really understand all the details. Obama, when he passed it admitted we just passed as big a mess as we could, in the direction we wanted because we know as we mess up the healthcare system, you'll eventually have to head towards people will be demanding help and the government, knowing the government and elected officials they'll keep trying to help and building more and more, so this is their design. Design to fail, make the healthcare system fail.

But Obamacare required that healthcare insurance be bought by everybody. If you don't buy it, you pay a penalty and if you're a business you have to buy it, but it also put mandates on what you have to get.

So in a plan, so you have to cover contraception. You have to cover abortifacients, you have to cover at all different levels, services for pregnant women, which include abortion related and all this. And so there are some people that said wait a second, I don't want to be a part of that because of my religious exemption, I mean my religious objection and the First Amendment should cover that. America, we have this great free exercise clause.

So Obama said you're right, we'll put that in the law that says you can object, and so there is in the law a provision that allows you to get a waiver. But it's impossible to get, because Obama made it so that if you're, the Little Sisters of The Poor, the nuns said we don't want to have to pay for contraceptives 'cause it doesn't seem likely to be a big priority. And so they applied for the waiver. And the first round of the waiver costs something like $10,000 and they lost. And the second round cost 50,000 and they lost. Then they had to go to the courts and appeal. So they spent about half a million dollars to finally win actually that they were exempt.

And so Obama made it impossible for you to exercise the waiver that was in the law, but he could say the law is you know totally constitutional, has a protection.

So Trump did what Trump does, he came in and he told the Atty. Gen. to study the law and figure out how to write the ruling, not just say you can get the waiver but write the ruling and change it so effectively anyone who expresses a religious objection of any kind is able to get the exemption and it's really written the ruling by the Justice Department well. And those of us, the ACLU sued immediately and jumped in and tried to challenge the thing.

But it's really a huge relief because Obamacare is a disaster, but it's a disaster that's dominating the healthcare field and impacting Catholic hospitals, and some of the religious hospitals in a way that was threatening to destroy them.

The few bishops in our country that are really strong, have said they won't stay open if they're forced to have to do these kind of things at all. They'll just close them down. So it was a big deal and that was just about a week ago or five or six days ago. I guess the thing I want to, I want to go to number two and then we can take questions.

I think people have questions too to talk about but the second one is the psychology of what's possible or however you'd want to say this. I'd talked to many of you about this earlier sitting.

Trump is just an extraordinary leader. And for so many people in our country, we didn't think that there was a leader who could change the way we were feeling about the future like he's done. And some of it has to do with some of the things that we wanted.

We all thought we have a problem with illegal immigration where people are coming into the country, they get on the social services rolls, they go to our schools, they take jobs that other people would have, they drive down wages. And it makes a lot of people upset. And so Trump stood strong on that issue and has dramatically changed illegal immigration. By the way legal immigration in America, I think this is something that probably you faced here is as troubling and as a disservice to Americans.

We had a tech industry in California that loves to get immigration labour with visas, high-tech positions and they pay on average 20% less than they would pay an American citizen and they're on a visa, where if you don't do your job right and get fired, you have to leave the country. And so the tech industry loves this. They lobby for people, they get these kinds of workers.

There's lots of Americans. When they say, there's not Americans that can do the job it's not true. It's really, it's an insult to Americans. And more importantly we need to figure out how to make sure people can do those jobs if there was a real issue but there's not. So Trump has done all that. But he's also just changed the way people feel about the future.

For the pro-life community, I think we really believe now not only that Roe v. Wade could be reversed, but that we could make arguments and let people believe about who we are because for a lot of people, when you watched Trump run, it was like a miracle in so many ways.

It was a guy that talked about the issues you cared about, we cared about and the country cared about but he talked about them in a way that was so stark and so present.

Some of you wouldn't remember the debates as well as we would but in America there was a debate where Hillary Clinton conceded, said that she would abort babies at nine months. She said it on national TV and Trump said I'm pro-life, I won't do that. No American politician ever did that.

I'll just pause and step back into this for a second. Trump is a convert to the position, he admits that. About 15 years ago, he tells the story that he, the way he tells it is that he had, the way he says the story is he said there was somebody who was having a baby and lots of people thought the baby should be aborted. And he says I know that baby now, as youngster. It's just such a shining example and I just realised something different there.

Now people, by the way, that's pretty good if that's what changes your heart, to have that change. But I talked to one of his sort of pals and he said they, when he heard that story he is always known it was barren, his son.

He already had a full family and that people around him, he said this friend of his, said it wasn't him or even Melania. Melania wanted to have a family but others were like you already have a family, you already have all these other kids.

The point is we have a leader who not only believes it, which I trust him to do, but he talks about in a way in a public setting about abortion.

Last week, he did a statement about Down syndrome. I think it's true in Australia but I'll just tell you in America they abort the Down syndrome kids. They just abort all of them. Even the liberals actually, there is a liberal woman from LA who wrote a column and she said I have a son with Down syndrome. It's the greatest thing that ever happened to me. He is 28 years old and I just realised last year, I was walking down the street I never see Down syndrome kids. And she said it struck me, I support, this woman says I support abortion and I believe in it and they just abort all the Down syndrome kids, and that's what they do. And Trump put out a statement for Down syndrome awareness week that said how valuable these kids are, what they do for our lives, how special they are, how they should be protected and honoured and what it matters.

I mean, for those of us that are slogging away, we've had some really good pro-life leaders that never came to the point of giving you space to breathe like that does. To believe like that does. And that's what the guy does.

I'm an apologist for him because I think he's the great hope. Phyllis Schlafly said he's a last hope for America when she said he was the right guy. I think that's right, I think he is the last hope. In some ways we're at a key moment.

Everybody, don't get me wrong, he's not the last hope. We know the last hope. We already know the hope, beginning and end but for our political process he is very special.

What he's done is create in America for so many people a relationship with a leader where they have confidence that he'll say what he thinks and what he's about in a way that fits with where they feel they are.

Let me finish by saying about America first. Some people have said, "What does that America first mean? Is that America first and Australia and everybody second or third or 10th?" And I try to explain and, today we're talking down by the river and I was trying to say it better than, I won't say it still, but when Donald Trump stood up and said we're going to put America first, he acknowledged, he put a word, a phrase onto what many of us felt which was that our priorities were wrong in America.

And our priorities were wrong in Washington DC, you know, the leaders. There was wars overseas that weren't making sense, that we weren't winning. There were people spending money in parts of the world from our government that didn't make sense. But our priorities were wrong. And he said we're going to put our, I think what he was saying is we're going to put our priorities in the right order. We're going to get the order right for our priorities. but when he did that, he also I think challenged Americans and this is a challenge that we have to keep moving towards to reset our priorities.

And what we need in our country which I think is part of all the Western world is a better understanding of marriage and families and neighbourliness and our relationship to our community. And that's really a different kind a way of resetting your priorities and Trump's done that.

We're not afraid to say that we don't, we're interested in welcoming Muslim people to our country that don't want to assimilate, that don't want to be part of the Judeo-Christian. That's not because we're mean, we're saying we know what our nation state is like and we want to have people that will be working towards the same thing.

You can have different opinions and you can like different teams, whatever it is. But we're not going to be afraid of that. And the freedom, the space to have a leader who lets you believe what you knew in your heart, we don't have to sign on to the left that says love is love when we know that that's not something that brings life and flourishing for what our communities are, we don't have to say that.

So the notion of tolerance on demand, which is what the left and the media want is has been pushed aside and it's made a huge difference. It's made a huge difference for our, the people. And ultimately I started with this, that's how I'll finish.

It's about making life better for people together. Not only for ourselves but for people together and I think really Trump has created some wonderful opportunities for that and it doesn't make him perfect. It doesn't mean every thing he's going to do is right but we all knew that anyway but it's really extraordinary times.

I can talk more about pro-life. In fact I bet I'll get a question so maybe I'll wait till questions on the pain capable bill that was passed through the house in America and some ideas we have on other bills. [parliamentary division bell is ringing] I think that means I have to go vote. Do you have to go vote? Okay, so you guys are headed out? Oh, we got a minute, okay. Anyway, but I'll stop there and in fact, why don't we do some Q&A and I can launch in any more subject you want.

Ed Martin was in Australia as a guest of Endeavour Forum in Australia.