Trump camp reassures pastors after abortion ruling

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE’s presidential campaign on Monday comforted Christian leaders upset by the Supreme Court’s latest abortion ruling, according to a new report.

Trump’s team is restating the billionaire’s pledge to appoint pro-life justices to the nation’s highest court, Bloomberg reported.


“In an unprecedented meeting last week with American Christian leaders, Donald J. Trump promised to only appoint pro-life judges,” Trump’s Executive Evangelical Advisory Board said in a statement Monday.

"We commend him and pray that tragedy of today’s ruling will not be repeated in subsequent administrations," it added of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a major win to abortion clinics in Texas by deciding the state cannot enforce one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws. The court’s 5-3 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, halts Texas from two major segments of its 2013 abortion law.

The law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. It also mandated abortion clinics meet the stricter standards of hospital-style “ambulatory surgical centers.”

Monday’s case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, marks the Supreme Court’s first major decision on abortion in nearly two decades.

The ruling also voids a previous decision by an appellate court, which abortion rights activists contend would have severely limited access to abortion services in Texas.

Mark Burns, a member of Trump’s evangelical board, on Monday said the decision shows why voters care about where potential justices stand on abortion.

“This is exactly why many Christians across America are single issue voters this election. Their sole focus is the types of Supreme Court justices that each candidate will appoint.”

Trump’s campaign announced its Executive Evangelical Advisory Board last week after the businessman’s meeting with Christian leaders.

The board’s members include former Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannGillibrand becomes latest candidate scrutinized for how she eats on campaign trail Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents Yes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy MORE (R-Minn.) and Jerry Falwell Jr., who is the president of the evangelical Liberty University.