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Donald Trump says ‘pro-life’ but favours exceptions for rape, incest

Neither make exceptions for rape or incest — only for cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

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May 19, 2019, 11.51 PM IST
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Donald Trump says ‘pro-life’ but favours exceptions for rape, incest
Supporters hope that legal battles over the laws will reach the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has declared himself “strongly Pro-Life”, days after two US states passed tough new restrictions on abortions, but said exceptions should be made for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

The US president spelled out his position on abortion — set to feature prominently at next year’s election — in his first comments on the hot-button issue since Alabama’s governor signed a near-total ban on the termination of pregnancy.

“As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother — the same position taken by Ronald Reagan,” Trump tweeted late Saturday.

Trump, who is seeking to expand on his conservative support ahead of his re-election bid, added: “The Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020.”

Alabama’s governor on Wednesday signed a near-total prohibition on abortions widely seen as the country’s most restrictive ban, and the Missouri legislature on Friday made the procedure illegal from eight weeks of pregnancy.

Neither make exceptions for rape or incest — only for cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Republican-led legislatures in Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota have also enacted laws banning abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Supporters hope that legal battles over the laws will reach the Supreme Court, as they pursue the long-sought conservative goal of overturning its landmark 1973 abortion ruling, known as Roe v Wade. Trump, a bombastic, twicedivorced billionaire, won over the evangelical vote during his 2016 campaign by promising to appoint anti-abortion justices at the Supreme Court.
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