United States abortion row: Donald Trump breaks silence, says he's "pro-life"

The Alabama legislature went too far...back to the stone age in essentially banning abortions even in cases of rape and incest

The Alabama legislature went too far...back to the stone age in essentially banning abortions even in cases of rape and incest

"We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020 [US presidential polls]".

The president did not specifically reference any abortion bills that have recently passed in the US, or several bills that remain in consideration in state legislatures, but Trump did take a hit at the "radical left" in subsequent tweets where he called for supporters to fight for life in the 2020 presidential election.

While Trump has spoken about abortion and his support of the pro-life movement, he has not addressed the specifics of his position on abortion laws since before the 2016 election.

Trump's position has changed radically in the past decades.

By contrast, Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" in 1999 that he was "very pro-choice", according to The New York Times. With me. She had the ability to walk into an abortion clinic and decide to leave. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for.

"I still can not believe it". There would be no punishment for the woman receiving the abortion. Nor is this opinion shared by Mr. Trump.

Trump did not state whether he is for or against Alabama's law, underscoring the fine line a president seeking reelection is trying to walk between a conservative base that favours criminalizing access to abortion and potentially angering women who already are skeptical of him. The law provides no exception for rape and incest.

"What's happening in Alabama is so important in the world", the "Desperate Housewives" star said.

The president's comments come after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a near total ban on abortion into law on Wednesday.

On May 17, the state of Missouri passed a law banning abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy.

But the protest outside the Capitol Sunday comes in a state where a majority of voters recently agreed to put anti-abortion language in the Alabama Constitution.

"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 wrote on Twitter.

Trump wants Republicans to stay united on the issue. Democrats fought that notion, claiming conservatives were mischaracterizing the comments. She said one in four women have had an abortion, and called for people to share their personal stories online to highlight the issue.

The bill would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a crime punishable by up to 99 years - or life - in prison.

Polling suggests the abortion issue has the potential to stoke political engagement among both parties. The General Social Survey released past year found 64% of Democrats, but just 35% of Republicans, saying a woman should be able to have an abortion for any reason.

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