The Republican presidential candidate says he is pro-life after having a change of heart several years ago. Trump, along with his strongly pro-life vice presidential running mate Mike Pence, are calling for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and promising to nominate Supreme Court justices who will protect the right to life.
Because of this, abortion activists are attacking Trump and Pence in a number of ways. The latest mud slinging occurred during a New York Magazine interview with pro-abortion filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos.
The abortion activist behind the new film “Abortion: Stories Women Tell,” Tragos claimed that she hopes the documentary will “contribute compassion to the debate – that it can help both sides listen to each other.” However, her own statements have been hostile toward pro-lifers – the opposite of what is necessary to promote open communication and respect between the two sides.
One of Tragos’s more hostile claims in the interview was that Trump doesn’t have a heart because he is pro-life. She told the liberal magazine:
On what would change Trump’s mind on abortion:
He may not be aware of it — they may keep it a secret from him — but I’m sure there are many women in his life who he cares about who have faced an unplanned pregnancy and have had to decide whether or not to get an abortion. I think he would probably care a lot more about women’s health care if he was aware of those women. That’s why having women share their stories is so important — because this needs to get closer to home. I’m not sure what else would change his mind. How do you grow a heart if you don’t have one?
Tragos also claimed that women would suffer if Trump is elected president and Roe v. Wade is overturned.
“[Trump and Pence have] committed to overturning Roe v. Wade, so what’s at stake in this election is quite real,” Tragos said. “When that happens — when women are denied the right to have an abortion — they become second-class citizens. Overturning Roe v. Wade keeps women in poverty. It keeps women uneducated. It would be a very, very sad day.”
A lot is at stake in the presidential election because of the U.S. Supreme Court. Up to four of the nine seats on the high court could come open within the next president’s term, meaning that the next president’s appointees could sway the court’s decisions for decades.
Pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton promised to nominate justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade, which allows abortions for basically any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.
If Clinton was allowed to impose her extreme pro-abortion positions through appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court, many of the pro-life advancements passed in recent years could be put in jeopardy, including late-term and partial-birth abortion bans, parental consent and informed consent laws, sex-selection abortion bans, abortion facility regulations and more.
Trump, on the other hand, promised to appoint justice who will uphold the Constitution. In May, Trump released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life and conservative groups praised for having potential judges who would be Constitutionalists.
Pence also assured pro-life voters that Trump will select good judges to the high court during a campaign stop in Michigan in July.
“If we appoint strict constructionists to the Supreme Court as Donald Trump intends to do, I believe we will see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” Pence said.