Trump Takes Definitive Stance on Abortion

Credit: Gallup


The argument regarding federal funding for Planned Parenthood has raged on for years between those on opposing sides of the political spectrum. While Feminists and hardcore liberals have fought for abortion on demand, conservatives and moderates in both parties have looked for either an end to the practice or at least restrictions on the more barbaric and inhumane methods of execution of the “medical” procedure.

According to the New York Times, The Trump Administration has begun to address the issue by proposing the preservation of federal payments to Planned Parenthood, the nations largest provider of the procedure, if the group if it discontinues providing abortions.

The proposal, which is yet to be put into writing was said to be rejected by Planned Parenthood. The group receives upwards of 500 million dollars in federal funding annually.

“Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” Claimed Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Monday. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”

Trump did unexpectedly well in the first “Super Tuesday” of the primary which included many of the predominantly socially conservative states that make up the “Bible Belt” of America. This was the the result of what was interpreted as an ideological shift in the stance on the abortion issue by then candidate Trump who was formally known to lean pro-choice on the issue.

President Trump told the New York Times on Monday, “As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screening. Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”

According to a Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus:

Almost 75% of Americans,  and a majorities across all political parties believe in abortion restricted to the first three months of pregnancy. The number by party were: 58 percent of Democrats, 90 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Independents.

Nearly 75% of those who agreed that abortion should be significantly restricted wanted the Supreme Court of the United States to take action on the matter.

Can a solution be reached that ends the barbaric practice of abortion while allowing federal funding to Planned Parenthood for legitimate women’s health services? Share your opinion in the comments section below.



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