Trump tweets that he favors exceptions to abortion bans

Elias Hubbard
Мая 20, 2019

US President Donald Trump has made his first public statement about a controversial new abortion ban in Alabama, describing himself as "strongly pro-life" but is also arguing that abortion is appropriate in some cases.

Conservative activists hope to get a Supreme Court decision against the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v Wade that said unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional.

It seems that Trump's main concern is that too harsh of an anti-abortion law would unify the left.

He expressed similar sentiments during his February State of the Union address, telling Congress that "to defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb". "The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don't mind executing babies AFTER birth", Trump tweeted on February 25. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for.

Scott Dworkin, who is a member of the Democratic Coalition posted on Twitter saying "I'm a man, and I believe myself and other men have no right to decide what a woman can or cannot do with their body". There would be no punishment for the woman receiving the abortion. According to a Planned Parenthood poll conducted in Alabama in 2018, 65 percent of Alabamians were in support of exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergency. Trump sees Democrats trying to take advantage of that division. While advancing the pro-life cause, such partial measures can not be used to legally challenge the core holding of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling which recognized abortion as a woman's legal right. Heartbeat laws are those that restrict abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected - often about six or seven weeks after conception and sometimes before a woman is aware she is pregnant.

Judges (many more to come), two great new Supreme Court Justices, the Mexico City Policy, and a whole new & positive attitude about the Right to Life.

The Senate confirmed two of Trump's nominees for the Supreme Court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, shifting the court to a solid conservative majority.

In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke called it "literally a life or death issue in the United States of America right now". Democrats fought that notion, claiming conservatives were mischaracterizing the comments. "And we will win".

He urged Republicans to instead stay united on the issue, which the Republicans have used to go on the offensive against Democrats, particularly in the wake of a new law in NY that has expanded access to late-term abortion. Doctors who perform abortions would be considered felons and could serve up to 99 years in prison. But the near-absolutist nature of the most recent state-level bills has sparked concerns inside Trump's team that the issue could energize his critics and female voters, with whom the president has long struggled.

Polling suggests the abortion issue has the potential to stoke political engagement among both parties.

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