‘Strongly pro-life’ but supports exceptions: Trump weighs in on raging abortion law battle

Anti-Trump demonstrators protest at abortion rights rally in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2017. © Reuters / Kamil Krzaczynski / Free

US President Donald Trump has made his first public statement about a controversial new abortion ban in Alabama, describing himself as “strongly pro-life” but is also arguing that abortion is appropriate in some cases.

The US president tweeted on Sunday, stating that the procedure is only appropriate as a result of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at stake.

Describing his position as the same stance taken by former President Ronald Reagan, Trump touted his administration’s “new & positive attitude about the Right to life,” while accusing the “Radical Left” of “imploding” over abortion laws.

“We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020. If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!” he wrote.

The rallying cry comes days after Alabama adopted the strictest abortion law in the country, criminalizing the procedure even in cases of rape or incest and threatening abortion providers with life behind bars.

Supporters of the controversial legislation are actually hoping the new law will be challenged in court. Drafted as an assault on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the US, the law may find itself under view by the nation’s highest court. For pro-life activists, this may be a good thing: With two new Trump-appointed conservatives on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion groups are hoping that the 1973 ruling will be overturned.

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