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Trump’s Abortion Views Anger Anti-Abortion Activists

April 24, 2016 by Gail Nussbaum in News and Media
Donald Trump Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Those who think Donald Trump’s natural constituency is the right and far-right will have to re-evaluate their opinion in light of Trump’s stand on abortion rights.

Although Trump formerly took a pro-choice stand on abortion, his campaign to win the votes of conservatives forced him to oppose the procedure that has been legal in the USA since the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973 known as Roe vs Wade. However, Trump stated clearly last week that he would “absolutely” change the Republican platform opposing abortion which now says nothing about the “three exceptions,” rape, incest and risk to the mother’s life. Trump would include those exceptions into the Republican platform.

This stand angers anti-abortion groups such as March for Life, which says Trump’s exceptions would take the power out of the party’s strong pro-life position.

“The suggestion that the platform should weaken its position on the pro-life issue would set back years of hard work in the pro-life movement,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of March for Life Action.

Last week said that women who get illegal abortions should be punished, and that he does not want to change the Republican platform on the issue. He quickly corrected himself when he realized he had alienated many people by uttering such opinions. Trump also praised Planned Parenthood, stating that this organization, which promotes women’s health, including abortions when that is the woman’s choice, “has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women.”

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About Gail Nussbaum

Gail Nussbaum has been involved in politics and diplomacy for over 15 years. Her interest in foreign relations, economics and budget policy has led her to her position as fiscal policy writer at Left Justified. Gail can be contacted at gailnussbaum(at)leftjustified.com.

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