The Cold War: Anti-Abortion Movement Not Ready To Thaw Toward Trump
Anti-abortion leaders are still grappling over what do with a Republican front-runner who only recently came out in opposition of the procedure and has made several gaffes that don't fit with the movement's messaging.
Trump Girds For Showdown With Anti-Abortion Groups
As Donald Trump hurtles toward the Republican convention, he is on a collision course with the anti-abortion movement — a crucial conservative constituency that contends Republicans must own that issue to win a general election. Leaders of the movement are suspicious, if not outright opposed, to the three-time married billionaire who only recently came to oppose abortion and whose gaffes suggest he does not understand the issue. The latest flap exploded Thursday after Trump vowed he would "absolutely" change the Republican platform opposing abortion "for the three exceptions" — rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother. The platform is silent on exceptions, but anti-abortion groups such as March for Life shot back that Trump's revisions would undermine the party's "solidly pro-life" position. (Haberkorn, 4/21)
Trump Vows To Put Abortion Exceptions In GOP Platform
Donald Trump would “absolutely” change the Republican Party’s platform on abortion to include exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. “Yes, I would,” Trump told NBC’s “Today” on Thursday when asked if he would change the party’s provision. “Yes, I would. Absolutely. For the three exceptions, I would.” The real estate mogul demurred when asked if he would include an exception for threats to the health of the mother — not just to her life — sticking to conservatives' traditional exceptions. (McCaskill, 4/21)