Trump Says His Presidency Would Affirm Abortion Exceptions of Rape, Incest, Life of Mother

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Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

As have the last several Republicans to hold the office of the president, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has announced that he supports the murder of children through abortion in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.

“Let me be clear — I am pro-life,” Trump wrote in an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner on Saturday. “I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, he further told reporters that his views on abortion have changed, remarking that he “never gave it much thought” in the past.

“When it comes to pro-life I’ve evolved,” he said.

However, Trump did not wish to discuss the matter further when asked how he would criminalize abortion or if he believes the morning-after pill is an abortifacient.

“All I can tell you is this I’m pro-life and I’ve been pro-life a long time,” he stated.

As previously reported, in 1999, during an interview with the late Tim Russert on “Meet the Press,” Trump stated that he “hated” abortion but that he would not ban the procedure as president, including partial birth abortion.

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“I’m very pro-choice,” Trump said. “And again, it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country, and you know, I was raised in New York—grew up and worked and everything else in New York City.”

“But you would not ban it (partial birth abortion)?” Russert asked.

“No,” Trump replied. “I am pro-choice in every respect and as far as it goes, but I just hate it (abortion).”

In his op-ed on Saturday, Trump said that he “did not always hold [his current] position,” but, without explanation conveyed that he “had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.” Trump stated that he now sees that Roe v. Wade has resulted in the deaths of millions of Americans.

“Over time, our culture of life in this country has started sliding toward a culture of death,” he wrote. “Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Count 43 years ago, over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country.”

Roe v. Wade, however, centered on a Texas woman named Norma McCorvey who sought an abortion over an alleged rape, which Trump states that he would allow for an exception. McCorvery later admitted that she had lied, as she was never raped. She also never obtained an abortion, but placed her child up for adoption and became a vocal pro-life advocate.

Trump’s statements allowing for exceptions are similar to those made by other recent Republican presidents, including George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

“My own position on abortion is well-known and remains unchanged. I oppose abortion in all cases except rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is at stake,” George H.W. Bush said in 1992.

”My position has always been three exceptions: rape, incest and the life of the mother,” George W. Bush likewise outlined in 2006.

The current Hyde Amendment also bans the funding of abortion with the exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother.

Last August, Trump said that while he opposes the abortions committed by Planned Parenthood, he believes “[t]hey do good things.”

“There’s two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now that’s actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it’s a brutal part and I’m totally against it,” Trump said. “They also, however, service women. … A lot of women are helped. So we have to look at the positives for Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood applauded his remarks, stating “Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take.”


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  • Emmanuel

    But the real question is, who will pay for the abortions? I will not hold my breath for an answer from Trump.

  • afchief

    Trump would be like no president before him.

    o The first to be married three times, cheating on the first two (and probably the third).
    o The first whose wife appeared nude in a magazine.
    o The first to boast of his sexual proclivities, claiming to have had sexual relations with some of the “top women in the world.” (This is who Sarah Palin is supporting?)
    o He will be the first that has owned casinos with strip clubs.
    o To proudly proclaim that he will seek revenge against his personal enemies “as viciously and as violently as you can.”
    o His wife will be the first first lady that has posed for lesbian porn.

    And with that last bullet in mind, do you really think for a minute that Trump opposes gay marriage?

    There is another man in the race who:

    o is not afraid of Congress,
    o stands up to bullies,
    o is actually a committed evangelical believer,
    o holds the views that has made Trump the forerunner in the race,
    o will destroy ISIS,
    o will confront radical Islam,
    o will tear up the Iran deal,
    o will repeal Obamacare,
    o will deal with illegal immigration

    Plus, unlike Trump, he will stand with Israel as a principled issue, whereas Trump will stand with Israel unless the Arabs make him a better deal.

    Yes, he is the ultimate deal-maker. Don’t make a deal with the devil. I am voting for Ted Cruz.

    • Chrissy Vee

      Interesting. Thanks for the info. 🙂

    • gizmo23

      Hilarious

    • Angel Jabbins

      Great comment, chief!

      • gizmo23

        Cut and paste

        • gogo0

          haha, i was going to complement him on his first coherent post. should have known better!

    • D.M.S.

      Me, too.Maybe we will see a Cruz/Mia Love ticket.

  • Chrissy Vee

    He just lost me. I never spoke out about my thoughts about Trump because I didn’t want to jump in without observing more. Now I am glad I waited.
    Mr. Trump, please fill in the blank.. It’s okay to murder a baby when ____________________.
    BUZZZZZZ! Wrong answer. Murder is never okay. I am sure you have lost the support of many pro-life and Christian voters. Thanks anyway Donald.

  • Ruth Davis

    It’s not up to Trump to decide who live or dies .

  • disqus_SUijHfDO8w

    Trump is definitely a guy who will stand up to bullies. He also realizes that tearing up the Iran deal is plain dumb as the rest of the world is most likely not going to go along with it anymore unless they do build a bomb. His stance on abortion is a little shaky, but from a political point of view there is no way to just simply overturn Roe vs Wade without a major backlash. Whether or not America can destroy ISIS is a matter in and of itself seeing that they are now in numerous countries and it would cost us trillions. Let Russia deal with them is a good choice. Cutting Obama care, a bad idea since it will leave millions without insurance and set the nation back a decade. The Affordable Care Act will eventually pay for itself over time.

    • Nidalap

      Back a decade…to a time when we weren’t multi-trillions in debt with nearly a hundred million out of work? Wowzers, let’s not go back THERE! 🙂

  • acontraryview

    Given that approximately 80% of people support allowing abortion in those cases, saying he supports the legality of abortion in those cases increases his chances of being elected. Any candidate who does not is going to have a much tougher time.

  • FoJC_Forever

    A real mother would rather die than see her child ripped apart in her womb and killed. This is hard to accept, but it is Truth. Incest doesn’t always mean a baby is going to be born with birth defects. The child did not commit the crime of rape and should not be put to death for it. Murdering babies in the womb is not the answer for these things, but it is the answer the Devil wants people to accept.

    Those who support abortion, support murder. The innocent blood will be avenged. God is not blessing America. America is cursed for the Evil it harbors in its government, religious, and financial institutions. Judgement is coming.

    Follow Jesus, find Salvation.

    • Josey

      I think America is already beginning to reap what she has sown and it is going to get worse for supporters of abortion. Zika might be the start of that, heed God’s call to repent, turn away from supporting the murdering of the innocent.
      amen to follow Jesus find salvation, find peace for Jesus is the Prince of Peace, find safety from the judgements to come in Christ alone, repent and receive God’s grace.
      Psalms 103:8 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”

  • Josey

    This is a typical wishy washy answer meaning I am not going to do anything about abortion, but I do hate it…lol

  • Josey

    I read an article yesterday saying that woman behind the Roe vs Wade case didn’t even get an abortion but she gave her baby up for adoption and after that case she repented of her stance and now has a Pro-life stance. If that is true and is the first time I’ve ever heard that, then that is some crazy lying stuff that specific case got abortion legalized. Anyone else ever heard this before?

    • gizmo23

      You should read arguments from the time period and the actual court case. One of the major arguments at the time was that abortion would save embarrassment over mixed race children. Another argument was the right to medical privacy. One thing people forget was that the majority of the court that voted to legalize were considered conservative. The liberals on the court argued against abortion.