Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today condemned the decision the Supreme Court handed down on Monday reversing part of a pro-life Texas law that protects women’s health and has also saved the lives of thousands of unborn children and closed abortion clinics that can’t ensure adequate protection for women.
The high court ruled 5-3 against the Texas pro-life law with Justice Stephen Breyer writing the decision.
In new comments today, Trump condemned the Supreme Court ruling and said the result would be “the opposite” if he is elected president and can appoint Supreme Court justices, like one to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Now if we had Scalia … or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that. Okay? It would’ve been the opposite,” Trump told radio host Mike Gallagher during an interview.
Trump also went after pro-abortion Hillary Clinton on Supreme Court judges and fired off criticism at Chief Justice John Roberts for not overturning Obamcare. As the Washington Post reports:
“You know, there’s your first example right there …that’s going to be the first of many. And if she gets in, if she gets in, you won’t even have to question. You wouldn’t even have to bother going to court. You’re going to know the answers,” he said.
“Now, you know, when you appoint judges sometimes, they change their minds, because you had that in the case of Obamacare with John Roberts,” Trump said. “I mean, who would’ve thought that could’ve happened? He could’ve killed it twice, and he didn’t.”
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, released a statement Thursday slamming Trump.
“Trump’s remarks today should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who believes women should have access to safe, legal abortion,” Laguens said in the statement. “Electing Trump means he will fight to take away the very rights the Supreme Court just ruled this week are constitutional and necessary health care.”
Recently, Trump released a well-received list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life groups hailed for having strong supporters of the Constitution. He also told a group of more than 1,000 pro-life leaders and activists that he would appoint pro-life judges.
“We are going to appoint great Supreme Court justices… These will be justices of great intellect… And they will be pro-life,” he said.
If Trump is the nominee, he would present a stark contrast on abortion to pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump has specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise:
David Brody: “As a President Trump, if a bill came to your desk that would defund Planned Parenthood you would support that, you would sign that?”
Donald Trump: “Yes, because as long as they do the abortion I am not for funding Planned Parenthood… As long as they’re involved with abortion, as far as I’m concerned forget it, I wouldn’t fund them regardless. I would defund Planned Parenthood because of their view and the fact of their work on abortion…. I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”
As far as Trump’s comments on Planned Parenthood funding are concerned, Trump has fairly consistently said he opposes taxpayer funding but he’s also made some remarks about the “good things” Planned Parenthood does that have alarmed pro-life voters — as if any “good thing” could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.
Meanwhile, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.