In a series of tweets on Saturday night, President Trump told his supporters he is “strongly Pro-life” but he would have preferred exceptions to be included in Alabama’s new abortion law.
Trump broke his silence on the issue of abortion after pro-abortion advocates across the country are claiming Alabama’s decision to ban all abortions in their state, even in extreme cases, is too restrictive. Even some members of the pro-life community say the new law goes too far in not providing exceptions in the case of rape or incest.
“As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan,” Trump said in a tweet.
“We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new
Federal 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 president continued.
“The Radical Left, with late-term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020,” Trump added.
“If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!”
ABC News reports Vice President Mike Pence also spoke about the abortion law during his commencement address to Taylor University on Saturday:
Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday he was proud of the Trump administration for standing “without apology” for the “sanctity of human life” while speaking to graduating students at Taylor University in his home state of Indiana.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an administration that stood strong on the timeless values that have made this nation great, stood without apology for the sanctity of human life,” Pence said.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law and similarly principled efforts were signed into law by Republican governors in Georgia and Missouri, USA Today reports.
From the report:
This is the first time Trump has publicly commented on the recent wave of abortion laws after making the issue of late-term abortions a key part of his State of the Union address month ago. During his address to both chambers of Congress the president criticized efforts in Virginia and New York that would allow women to terminate nonviable pregnancies after 24 weeks.
While not specifcially commenting on the Alabama law, Trump appears to come out against the lack of exceptions that have caused some conservatives, like televangelist Pat Robertson, criticize the measure as going “too far.”
After noting all the judges he has appointed since taking office and the gains of the Pro-Life movement, Trump called for Republicans to unite around the issue as candidates in the Democratic primary denounced the new laws and turned the restrictive measures into a campaign issue.
According to BBC, “Sixteen other states are also seeking to impose new restrictions on abortion.” This effort is to get the issue before the United States Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority. Here’s more:
In 1973, the Supreme Court issued the landmark Roe v Wade ruling legalising abortion in all 50 states.
Since then, the number of abortion clinics has dropped in many US states, and in 2017, six states reportedly had just one abortion clinic in operation.
Earlier this year the governors of four states – Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio – signed bills banning terminations if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.
According to the Guttmacher Institute – a group which campaigns for reproductive rights – none of these bans are yet in effect, but their introduction is part a strategy to get the cases heard by the Supreme Court.
But progressive states are also taking measures to safeguard abortion rights. In January, New York signed into law a bill protecting the right to terminate a pregnancy after 24 weeks in certain cases.