Missouri governor expected to sign eight-week abortion ban into law

Elias Hubbard
May 21, 2019

Mr Trump said gains by anti-abortion activists would "rapidly disappear" if, as he wrote in a tweet, "we are foolish and do not stay united as one".

"This is Trump's anti-choice movement. and it's terrifying, particularly for women of color and low income women, who are most affected by these bans".

Local newspapers published essays from more than 200 Alabama women after the state Legislature passed the strictest anti-abortion law in the country, which would make performing an abortion a felony, even in cases of rape and incest. Abortion rights advocates say the bans deprive women of equal rights and endanger those who end up seeking riskier, illegal methods to end a pregnancy.

"To defeat Trump and extreme Republicans in 2020, Democrats need to draw clear contrasts - and that includes showing women that our side will fight for their bodily autonomy", Marissa Barrow, spokeswoman for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in a statement to The Times. The law provides no exception for rape and incest.

"The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in the womb is not a person", says Alabama Representative Terri Collins, the sponsor of the bill.

The president's intervention came as anti-abortion states passed laws hoping to trigger a challenge to the 1973 Roe v Wade supreme court judgment, which legalized abortion across the US.

"I am pro-life but there ought to be exceptions for rape and incest", he said during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning.

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. The Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue.

"We stand without apology for the sanctity of human life", Vice President Mike Pence recently told graduates of Liberty University.

But restrictions are not outright bans, and the president's tweets were created to quell the intensity of the positions held by those who oppose abortion rights absolutely.

Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states. He also supported Planned Parenthood, a provider of women's health care services, including abortion.

Trump, a bombastic, twice-divorced billionaire, won over the evangelical vote during his 2016 campaign by promising to appoint anti-abortion justices at the Supreme Court.

Republicans believe the politics of abortion have shifted somewhat in their favour in recent years. 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.

White House political advisers suggest polling data shows the public is open to tighter abortion restrictions than now exist. Democrats refused to bring a similar measure up for a vote in the House.

A number of other Republican-led states have enacted or are considering laws banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can mean six weeks into pregnancy, or when a fetus can feel pain, usually around 20 weeks. I'd like to know how many of those men know exactly what it is like to be a woman.

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