Abortion - Why Trump Seems Less Vulnerable on Abortion Than Other Republicans



Introduction

Abortion refers to the termination of pregnancy by removing a developing fetus or embryo from the uterus before it can survive outside the womb. It is a highly controversial issue that has been debated for decades.

While some argue that abortion should be a woman’s right to choose, others maintain that it is morally wrong and tantamount to murder. This article will explore diverse views on abortion, its legality, and the implications of its practice in society.

Historical Perspectives

The practice of abortion is not new. Historical records suggest that people in ancient times resorted to various methods to terminate pregnancies, including herbal concoctions, blunt instruments, and even abdominal compressions. In most of these cases, however, these procedures were not only painful but also proved deadly, leading to severe infections, hemorrhages, and death.

As medical technology advanced, safer alternatives to abortion became available. In the early 1900s, vacuum aspiration and dilation and curettage (D&C) procedures were introduced, which allowed for less-invasive and less-dangerous termination of pregnancy.

Despite its long and sometimes gruesome history, abortion has remained a contentious issue. In the United States, the landmark case Roe v. Wade (1973) legalized abortion and established that women have a constitutional right to terminate their pregnancy before viability. However, the decision has been criticized and challenged by anti-abortion groups, leading to new legislation and court cases in recent years.

Arguments for and against Abortion

The debate on abortion often boils down to two opposing views: the pro-choice and the pro-life camp. Pro-choice supporters believe that women should have the right to make decisions regarding their bodies, including whether or not to carry a fetus to term, while pro-life advocates maintain that life begins at conception and that abortion is akin to murder.

Pro-choice advocates argue that denying women access to safe and legal abortion puts their health and wellbeing at risk and restricts their ability to pursue education, career, and life goals. They also point out that the decision to have an abortion is often complicated by factors such as financial hardship, relationship issues, and health concerns, and that women should have the freedom to make choices that are best for their unique circumstances.

Pro-life supporters, on the other hand, believe that every life has inherent value and that all fetuses, regardless of their stage of development, should be protected. They argue that abortion is immoral and that society has a responsibility to protect the vulnerable and voiceless unborn. Some pro-life advocates also stress that adoption is a viable alternative to abortion, as it provides women with an opportunity to give their child a chance at life while avoiding the ethical complexities of ending a pregnancy.

Legal Status of Abortion

The legality of abortion varies by country and state. In many places, women have the right to access safe and legal abortion, while in others, the practice is strictly prohibited. For example, in Ireland, abortion was illegal until a referendum in 2018, which voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. In Poland, abortion is only legal in cases of rape, incest, fetal anomaly, or when the mother’s life is in danger.

In the United States, the legality of abortion is protected by the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (1973), which held that abortion is a constitutional right. However, the extent to which this right is protected has been challenged by state-level legislation and court cases, resulting in restrictions on access to abortion in many states. For example, some states have enacted mandatory waiting periods, parental notification laws, and bans on abortion after a certain number of weeks of pregnancy.

Implications of Abortion

The practice of abortion has far-reaching consequences for individuals, society, and the broader culture. It can impact women’s physical and mental health, their relationships, and their future prospects. It can also affect families, communities, and social norms.

Research suggests that abortion is a relatively safe procedure when performed by trained professionals in a medical setting. However, it can also carry risks such as bleeding, infection, and damage to the uterus or other organs. Moreover, some studies have suggested that abortion can have long-term effects on women’s mental health, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The practice of abortion also raises ethical and moral concerns. Some argue that it is an affront to human dignity and that society has a responsibility to protect and preserve life. Others maintain that it is a woman’s right to choose what happens in her body and that any legal or social constraint on the availability of safe and legal abortion is a violation of human rights.

Conclusion

Abortion is a complex and controversial issue that touches on fundamental questions about life, rights, and ethics. While opinions on abortion vary widely, it is essential that the debate is conducted with compassion, sensitivity, and respect for all viewpoints. Ultimately, the decision to terminate a pregnancy is a deeply personal one that should be made with the guidance of medical professionals, family, and trusted loved ones, and with careful consideration of all the ethical, moral, and practical implications.


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The Trump town hall news that GOP lawmakers will be dodging for weeks

Politico

23-05-11 10:37


Former President Donald Trump's appearance at a CNN town hall on Wednesday is expected to boost his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination for 2024. While lying and rewriting history through the event, Trump was backed by a pro-Trump live studio audience that "ate it up", prompting fear from GOP lawmakers that they will be questioned about it for weeks to come.

https://www.politico.com/news/2023/05/11/cnn-trump-town-hall-news-gop-00096409
Takeaways from town hall: Trump says sexual assault case was ‘fake,’ calls Jan. 6 ‘a beautiful day’

The Toronto Star

23-05-11 00:45


Former US president and 2024 presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has appeared on CNN for the first time since 2016 doubling down on his false claims as he faced interview questions from a mainstream outlet. Trump’s appearance on CNN comes as he attempts to reach mainstream media viewers despite deepening his embrace of extremists since leaving the White House and facing legal challenges. During the town hall, Trump made false claims about election fraud, defended his actions at the Capitol on 6 January 2021, and he was questioned for not asking his supporters to leave the Capitol.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2023/05/10/takeaways-from-town-hall-trump-says-sexual-assault-case-was-fake-calls-jan-6-a-beautiful-day.html
3 judges who chipped away abortion rights to hear federal abortion pill appeal

The Independent

23-05-16 04:04


Three conservative judges with a staunch history against abortion will hear appeals on whether mifepristone, a widely used abortion drug, should remain available. Conservative Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2007, Judge James Ho, a former Texas solicitor general nominated by Donald Trump in 2017, and Judge Cory Wilson, a former Mississippi appeals court judge nominated by Donald Trump in 2020, all hold anti-abortion records. Their decision is expected to go to the US Supreme Court for appeal, regardless of the outcome.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ap-texas-food-and-drug-administration-new-orleans-donald-trump-b2339513.html
As US debates abortion pill ban, Argentina expands its use

Reuters

23-05-16 11:09


Argentina has become the latest country in Latin America to allow the sale of mifepristone, an abortion drug that is now under threat of being banned in the US. Proponents of the two-pill regimen believe that it could improve the quality of care for women, reduce the likelihood of riskier surgical abortions being required, and minimise side-effects associated with taking the single misoprostol treatment. By end-2023, the Argentine government hopes to provide all medical abortions using the mifepristone-misoprostol combination.

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/us-debates-abortion-pill-ban-argentina-expands-its-use-2023-05-16/
North Carolina lawmakers to vote on overriding veto of 12-week abortion ban

Reuters

23-05-16 10:09


North Carolina's Republican-controlled state legislature is set to vote on overriding Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks. Unless one Republican lawmaker breaks ranks and votes to uphold the veto, the bill is expected to become law. The measure would cut the window for most abortions in the state back from 20 weeks and curtail access to the procedure for millions of women across the US South where a number of states have greatly restricted abortions.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/north-carolina-lawmakers-vote-overriding-veto-12-week-abortion-ban-2023-05-16/
Ahead of 2024 bid, DeSantis challenges Trump on abortion limits

Reuters

23-05-16 16:17


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a six-week abortion ban, stating that he is now "proud" of the measure, which was initially passed in Florida and all but outlaws abortions in the state. The move has helped DeSantis to draw a contrast with former President Donald Trump, who suggested that the six-week ban is overly restrictive. DeSantis did not advocate for the six-week abortion ban during the recent Florida legislative session and signed it last month without much publicity. Some Republican donors have expressed unease with DeSantis' stance.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/ahead-2024-bid-desantis-challenges-trump-abortion-limits-2023-05-16/
Montana abortion clinics ask judge to block law that bans second-trimester abortion method

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 22:39


Planned Parenthood of Montana has asked a state judge to temporarily block a law that bans the most common abortion method used after 15 weeks of gestation, arguing it is unconstitutional. The organization filed the complaint over the ban of dilation and evacuation abortions just hours after Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte's office announced he had signed the bill into law. Under the new ban, which took immediate effect, anyone who performs a dilation and evacuation abortion can be charged with a felony that can be punished by five to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2023/05/16/montana-abortion-clinics-ask-judge-to-block-law-that-bans-second-trimester-abortion-method.html
North Carolina GOP takes first step to override veto of 12-week abortion limit

The Independent

23-05-16 22:38


The Republican-controlled Senate of North Carolina voted to override the Democratic governor's veto of a bill banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy with only this veto needing to be overridden to make the policy law. This move comes as lawmakers debate laws to limit or restrict access to abortion in many southern states. Abortion is either banned or severely restricted in many southern states, with nine states throughout the US banning abortions throughout the entire pregnancy. If the recent bills proposed in the Carolinas, Florida and Virginia become law, it is seen as "just devastating for abortion access in the South," said Jamie Lockhart, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. The limitations would make the Carolinas two of the few states left that still have relatively easy access to abortions that did not undergo significant restrictions.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/north-carolina-ap-roy-cooper-republicans-south-carolina-b2340180.html
North Carolina Senate overrides governor’s veto of abortion ban

Washington Post

23-05-16 22:21


The North Carolina Senate voted 30 to 20 on Tuesday to override the veto of its governor. North Carolina is set to join Nebraska in restricting most abortions by the 12th week of pregnancy. While it will significantly narrow the window for legal abortions, it stops short of more restrictive bans that have taken effect across the South and Midwest since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Republicans moving a similar bill in South Carolina are hoping this will become a model for the rest of the country, portraying the bill as a “mainstream” alternative to abortion bans that outlaw abortion earlier in pregnancy. It is the first new abortion ban to pass since the fall of Roe v. Wade that does not outlaw all or most abortions, effectively allowing roughly 90 percent of abortions to continue.

The dynamics underscore the resistance that GOP lawmakers are facing over restrictions even within their own party as Republican hardliners reluctantly move toward legislation many see as a compromise, after failing to muster enough support for stricter measures. Although voters’ strong support for abortion rights has repeatedly been demonstrated since the Supreme Court’s decision, Republicans continue to push for more restrictive bans.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/05/16/north-carolina-senate-overrides-governors-veto-abortion-ban/

DeSantis criticizes Trump for implying Florida abortion ban is ‘too harsh’

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 22:17


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has criticized Donald Trump over his comments that the state's recently approved six-week abortion ban is "too harsh." DeSantis suggested the bill had widespread support among those opposed to abortion and noted that Trump hadn't given his position on the issue. The increased exchanges between DeSantis and Trump come as DeSantis edges closer to making a bid for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race. Abortion is already a major issue in the field of Republican presidential candidates.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2023/05/16/desantis-criticizes-trump-for-implying-florida-abortion-ban-is-too-harsh.html
Lawmakers in three states consider abortion bans at 12 weeks or less

Reuters

23-05-16 21:44


State lawmakers in South Carolina, Nebraska, and North Carolina are pushing forward with abortion restrictions despite vocal opposition from Democrats and reproductive rights advocates. South Carolina's state House began debating a bill that would ban most abortions after six weeks, while Nebraska's legislature took up a package of bills that would restrict gender-affirming care and prohibit abortions beyond 12 weeks. In North Carolina, the Republican-controlled state Senate overrode Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill banning most abortions after 12 weeks, and the state House was expected to follow suit. These legislative maneuvers come in the wake of the Supreme Court's June decision to revoke federal abortion rights, which has led to an increase in GOP-led state legislatures passing near-total abortion bans.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/lawmakers-three-states-consider-abortion-bans-12-weeks-or-less-2023-05-16/
Abortion pill case moves to appeals court, on track for Supreme Court

The Independent

23-05-17 04:14


A case challenging the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to approve a medication used for medical abortions over two decades ago will move to a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The case concerns mifepristone and relates to the FDA's initial approval in 2000, as well as actions to make the drug more accessible. It comes nearly a year after the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling establishing abortion rights. It is expected that the case will reach the Supreme Court, with judges nominated by Donald Trump set to play a significant role.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/supreme-court-ap-food-and-drug-administration-new-orleans-donald-trump-b2340268.html
Nebraska’s gender-affirming care and abortion bans head to final vote

The Independent

23-05-17 03:07


Nebraska has passed a bill that not only restricts gender-affirming healthcare for trans people under the age of 19, but also bans abortion at 10 weeks of pregnancy, alongside a stipulation that the state’s GOP-appointed medical officer will set rules for affirming care. Hundreds of campaigners gathered at the state’s capital, Lincoln, to protest against the combination bill. Whilst a separate amendment in the bill addressing abortions provides no exceptions for pregnancies with fatal fetal anomalies, the gender-affirming care ban has provoked particular concern from campaigners, who point out that more than half of all trans US youth between 13 and 17 could lose access to medically necessary gender-affirming healthcare in their home states. Campaigners argue that anti-abortion measures and legislation targeting LGBT+ people use similar arguments to restrict healthcare access.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/nebraska-filibuster-gender-care-abortion-law-b2340234.html
North Carolina upholds 12-week abortion ban

BBC

23-05-17 01:30


North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature has voted to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill banning most abortions after 12 weeks. The Care for Women, Children and Families Act was passed by the state Senate along party lines on 4 May, but was subsequently vetoed by Cooper, who described it as a block to progress. The new law bans abortions at 12 weeks, mandates that those after that time be carried out in hospital and restricts the use of abortion pills after 10 weeks. Official figures indicate the number of abortions rose 37% in North Carolina after a 2020 Supreme Court ruling ended US-wide abortion rights.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-65615310
North Carolina GOP overrides veto of 12-week abortion limit, allowing it to become law

The Globe and Mail

23-05-17 11:45


Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have overruled a veto by Governor Roy Cooper to pass legislation banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy in the state. Members of the party claimed the limits were a middle ground as the state already bans nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy without rape or incest caveats. The votes were part of a wider shift on the issue across the US, with lawmakers in South Carolina and Nebraska also considering new abortion limits. The North Carolina law will include rape or incest exceptions through 20 weeks of pregnancy and exceptions for "life-limiting" fetal anomalies during the first 24 weeks. The bans are possible as in 2020 the US Supreme Court struck down landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade which had established a nationwide right to abortion.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-north-carolina-gop-overrides-veto-of-12-week-abortion-limit-allowing/
Crave’s new Irish-Canadian dramedy SisterS unleashes family trauma and vomit in boozy road trip

The Globe and Mail

23-05-17 10:30


Canadian show SisterS follows Sare, an apologetic, optimistic Canadian woman who learns about her birth father upon her mother’s death, prompting her to journey to Ireland to find him. On her travels, she encounters her half-sister Suze, who drinks too much and makes bad decisions. As the characters develop, through intersecting plot points and character arcs, SisterS demonstrates a family drama infused with witty, nuanced portrayals. The six-episode series premieres in full on Crave on May 17.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/article-craves-new-irish-canadian-dramedy-sisters-unleashes-family-trauma-and/
US appeals court to weigh fate of abortion pill

Reuters

23-05-17 10:18


A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments on Wednesday in a closely watched case brought by anti-abortion activists seeking to ban the abortion pill mifepristone. The Biden administration will urge a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn last month's unprecedented ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo, Texas suspending mifepristone's FDA approval. Anti-abortion groups and doctors, led by the recently formed Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, will be defending Kacsmaryk's order. Mifepristone remains available for now, following an emergency order from the U.S. Supreme Court putting Kacsmaryk's order on hold during the appeal.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-appeals-court-weigh-fate-abortion-pill-2023-05-17/
Factbox: The judges who will decide the appeal over the abortion pill

Reuters

23-05-17 10:06


The three members of the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that will hear the Biden administration's appeal to keep the abortion pill mifepristone available are all staunchly conservative and have records of opposing abortion rights. Jennifer Walker Elrod, James Ho, and Cory Wilson were appointed by former Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump. They have supported restrictions on medication abortions, created barriers to clinics operating in Texas, and voted to uphold fetal burial or cremation laws. Furthermore, they have rejected a Mississippi abortion ban while arguing against the constitutional right to abortion.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/judges-who-will-decide-appeal-over-abortion-pill-2023-05-17/
North Carolina abortion law joins sweeping bans across US South

The Independent

23-05-17 15:31


North Carolina lawmakers have voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, restricting abortion access in the state. The move follows the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion care affirmed for nearly 50 years, resulting in a streak of abortion restrictions across the US South. Health workers have joined protesters in capital Raleigh to protest the decision. Lawmakers in neighbouring South Carolina have been debating a bill that would ban almost all abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/north-carolina-abortion-ban-south-laws-b2340705.html