Like many women, President Donald Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway had a personal experience with abortion.
Conway, a pro-life advocate who spoke at the March for Life in January, recently said she helped someone get an abortion when she was a teenager.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Conway said she is “sympathetic” toward women who have had abortions because of her personal experience; but she also wants to help the culture to change and recognize the value of every human life.
In the extensive interview, Conway explains that she is “sympathetic” to any woman who makes her own decision to get an abortion.
“Do I know anybody who ever got an abortion?” she asks. “Well, of course I do. I’ve driven them there. I’ve helped pay.”
“You know, when you’re young, you’re thinking about the person, not the issue,” she continued. “We were younger, and I was focused on her, not on the larger public policy.”
She goes on to say that what she isn’t OK with is the “liberal position” of wanting abortion to be accessible to “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
Conway said she was a teenager when she helped pay for the friend’s abortion. She did not mention any more details about the situation. How the abortion experience impacted her, Conway did not say. However, many people have become pro-life because of a personal connection to the abortion of an unborn child.
Now, as a pro-life advocate, Conway said one of her “goals” is “to make us culturally — not politically — culturally more sensitive to the value of life,” according to the Washington Examiner. She said she also hopes to stop the liberal abortion push of “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
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During her speech at the March for Life in January, Conway said she was dedicated to promoting and protecting life.
“It is no coincidence that the first right cited in the Declaration of Independence is the right to life. We are here to protect and promote the most precious gift in the world – the gift of life,” she said.
In February, Conway told the Conservative Political Action Conference that she does not call herself a traditional feminist because “it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion.”
Pro-life leaders have praised Conway for her dedicated pro-life stance, saying she will be a valuable advisor on pro-life issues to the Trump administration.