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By    |   Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 02:03 PM

As America faces a dilemma in choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. president, there are many anti-abortion activists who are still in two minds whether to support the real estate billionaire, the Washington Examiner reports.

While some are actively opposing him, others remain muted. Marjorie Dannenfelser, America's leading pro-life campaigner, has come out strongly in support of Trump and is also likely to announce members of a "pro-life coalition" soon.

"For a candidate to make additional commitments during a general election is almost unheard of," Dannenfelser had told The Washington Times.

Other anti-abortion leaders who are backing Trump and have joined the coalition are Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and former Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest.

Meanwhile, missing names of popular activists from the coalition have triggered rumors about a divide among the anti-abortion activists on who to support — Trump, a candidate who they may not want but will have to support in order to block the Democrat nominee, who is likely to pose problem for them, when in power.

Present leaders of Americans United for Life, who backed Republican presidential nominees in 2008 and 2012, are not endorsing the Trump campaign. Live Action's Lila Rose and conservative family policy councils in the swing states have also planned to skip the endorsement.

Meanwhile, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Catholic intellectuals George Weigel and Robert George have approached conservatives, asking them not to support Trump.

"What Trump has succeeded in showing pro-life Americans is that he is not one of us," George wrote in the magazine First Things in March.

Dannenfelser, who earlier noted Trump to be her last choice, pushed voters to support any Republican but Trump, according to the Susan B. Anthony List website. Over time, her view changed when she had to make a choice between two "imperfect" candidates.

"The idea that you would ever tell someone you can't vote for the better of two imperfect people, that's wrong, I think it's wrong," Dannenfelser told the Examiner. "Because there are people who will die as a consequence," she said.

Endorsing Clinton is not a choice for pro-lifers as the former secretary of state is "the embodiment of the abortion rights movement."

"It's hard because for a lot of [groups] he wasn't their first choice or second choice," said Students for Life's Hawkins. "But when you stand at the ballot box and you have to make that decision, you're going to have to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump."

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As America faces a dilemma in choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. president, there are many anti-abortion activists who are still in two minds whether to support the real estate billionaire, the Washington Examiner reports.
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