President-elect Donald Trump Begins Struggle with Abortion
During his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump repeatedly expressed his pro-life views on abortion, and namely, the policies he plans to enact once he is president.
It was a shock to many of Trump’s conservative counterparts when he declared himself pro-life after years of identifying as pro-choice, claiming that he has “very much evolved” over the issue of abortion.
Early on in his campaign, Trump asserted his belief that “there has to be some form of punishment” on the women who undergo abortions if abortions were outlawed.
This statement triggered major backlash across the nation, even from pro-life advocates who supported his campaign. As an effort to save face, Trump has revised his point, instead claiming that the doctors who perform the abortion on the woman should be punished.
When asked about his views on Planned Parenthood, Trump praised the organization for having helped “millions and millions of women [who have had] cervical cancer [and] breast cancer,” though he stated further, “But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
Although the Hyde Amendment prohibits the majority of federal funding for abortions, Planned Parenthood is funded for providing other health-care services such as the Title X Program and the Affordable Care Act, totalling up to about $500 million in federal funding.
During his presidency, Trump aims to overturn Roe v. Wade, which decided that women have the right to an abortion, though state legislature may restrict it under reasonable conditions. Overturning the Supreme Court decision is a process that is seen as complicated and unlikely, along with outlawing abortions during the latter half of the second trimester, after twenty weeks of pregnancy—a ban that cleared the House in the previous year but blocked in the Senate.
Upon Trump’s victory in the presidential election, Planned Parenthood has received an unprecedented amount of donations, most under the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, as a form of protest against his controversial anti-abortion law. Women have flooded the pages of social media networks, urging each other to set an appointment to get an intrauterine device while they can, with Planned Parenthood responding that “Every day, our staff wake up and open their doors. They will do so today, they will do so tomorrow, & every day as they have for 100 years,” and that their doors stay open despite the outcome of the election.