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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Trump Seek Re-Election Through The Anti-Abortion Movement

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Lawmakers in New York and Virginia introduced legislation earlier this year to expand access to abortion in the later stages of pregnancy. The Democrat Lawmakers also inadvertently gave President Donald Trump a gift.

“In recent months the Democrat party has also been aggressively pushing extreme late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother’s womb right up until the moment of birth,” he falsely claimed at a Michigan rally in late March. He then misrepresented Virginia’s bill, which never left committee, and said Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam called for the execution of “newborn babies.” This is false, as well.

Trump never truly stopped campaigning after winning the White House in 2016. Now, both in campaign events and through official communications, peppered throughout his recurrent rants against immigrants and the Russia-related “witch hunt,” he is banking on opposition to abortion rights to rail his base.

This distortion of pro-choice legislation began in earnest during his second State of the Union address. Now, it’s clear that this inflammatory anti-abortion rhetoric will continue to be part of his 2020 stump speech, with the intent of capturing the evangelical vote once again. And while 7 in 10 Americans support Roe v.Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, they have more complicated feelings on abortion at the later stages — driven in part for the amount of misinformation out there. Regardless, Carol Tobias, president of the anti-choice organization National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), told Refinery29 that Trump is right in thinking abortion will be a crucial role in the 2020 presidential election. “We saw it [play] in 2016,” she said, adding that there were parts of the electorate for whom abortion was the most important issue and who were strongly opposed to Hillary Clinton’s pro-choice stance. “I think it will be a huge issue in the election next year and it will make a difference,” Tobias added. “They are going to be arguing for the hearts and minds of Americans.”
Listening to the president and other anti-abortion advocates, it would seem like there’s an epidemic of women terminating their pregnancies at a later stage for the sake of it.

But the reality is only  1.3 percent of all abortion nationwide take place after 20 weeks of gestation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Melissa Rosenstein, a maternal-foetal medicine specialist, told Refinery29 the reasons why patients seek care at the stage are complex. “They’re using inflammatory rhetoric that is shaming women and shaming doctors. It’s really lacking completely in understanding, compassion, and respect for the complicated medical situations these women and their providers are facing,” Rosenstein said. She added: “Women who are facing these difficult decisions are in them because they either have had a diagnosis of a terrible foetal anomaly, have faced multiple restrictions in accessing abortion care, or they are terribly sick and their life is in danger,” she said. “Part of the problem is that politicians feel like they can legislate this type of complicated decisions. Every woman’s situation is different, every pregnancy is different, and it’s our job to provide the best care.”


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