New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims President Trump wants to roll back the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision after a closed door meeting at the White House Tuesday evening in which the two discussed taxes and Cuomo’s support of late-term abortion.“The president raised his concerns to Governor Cuomo about Democrats’ support of late term abortions,” Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement cited by the Daily Caller after the meeting.
Deere further noted that Trump and Cuomo also discussed “the positive impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the American economy, and the president listened to the governor’s concerns regarding SALT. The president reiterated the negative impact that high taxes in states like New York have on hardworking families and job creators.”
Responding to a question about Deere’s statement on the meeting, Cuomo said in an interview with WCBS 880 that following their meeting the administration feels “constrained to reiterate their divisions with the Democrats.”
“And he’s right.” Cuomo said. “He wants to roll back Roe v. Wade which is a Supreme Court case that guarantees a woman’s right to choose. Take us back to a time when women couldn’t get an abortion legally.”
Abortion rights advocates have been bracing for a potential rollback of the Roe v. Wade decision which some have said would trigger bans on abortion in as many as 22 states.
But Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric J. Scheidler has dismissed that claim as “fearmongering.”
“At most, only a couple of states with extremely conservative legislatures might even attempt something like a total ban on abortion,” Scheidler said in a previous interview with The Christian Post.
“[It’s] far more likely that states would seek to further restrict abortion, in line with the view of most Americans, with measures like banning late-term abortion and holding abortion facilities to the highest health and safety standards,” he added.
In a controversial move that captured national headlines and the attention of the president, on Jan. 22 Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, which in New York state allows abortion up to birth for any reason that threatens a woman’s mental or physical health. It also removed abortion from the state’s criminal code.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair