Pro-Life Leaders Criticize Trump for Saying Abortion Bans Should Include Exceptions in Cases of Rape and Incest

Pro-life leaders are criticizing President Donald Trump, who some supporters say is the most pro-life president ever, after he suggested this weekend that new abortion bans in Alabama and Missouri that don’t include exceptions in the cases of rape or incest go too far.

“The Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020,” Trump wrote in a Twitter thread over the weekend. “If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!”

Trump’s tweet comes as other prominent Republican leaders like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney joined liberals in voicing concern after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law last week legislation that has been labeled a “near total ban” on abortion in the state.

Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act effectively makes it a felony for an abortion provider to perform an abortion in the state if they are outside of the bounds of the exceptions. The law would not hold women who get an abortion criminally responsible.

The new law allows for exceptions in cases where the mother’s life is at risk or where fetus can’t survive.

Just days later, a bill was passed in Missouri banning abortions after eight weeks without exceptions in the cases of rape and incest.

Trump, whose administration has advanced a number of pro-life policies during his first two-plus years in office, has maintained that he believes in having exceptions in abortion laws for cases of rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother.

In his Twitter thread, the 72-year-old president stated that he holds the same position taken by former Republican President Ronald Reagan.

“We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new Federal Judges (many more to come), two great new Supreme Court Justices, the Mexico City Policy, and a whole new & positive attitude about the Right to Life,” Trump assured pro-lifers in his thread.

Lila Rose, who runs the pro-life advocacy organization Live Action, responded to Trump’s tweet by thanking him for the pro-life advancements his administration has made. But she argued that in order to be pro-life, “we must be 100% pro-life.”

“A child of rape or incest is not a 2nd-class citizen,” she wrote in the tweet. “No woman or girl is served by abortion or immune to its trauma, including survivors of rape and incest.”

Live Action’s Twitter account responded to Trump’s tweet by posting a video of a testimony provided by Jennifer Christie, who was raped on a business trip and impregnated.

“Rape or incest are horrible situations, and abusers need to be held fully to the law — but abortion is not the path to healing,” the Live Action account wrote in the tweet.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith