Trump Wants Exceptions in Abortion Bans, Urges Pro-Lifers to ‘Stay United’

Michael Foust | CrosswalkHeadlines Contributor | Updated: May 20, 2019
Trump Wants Exceptions in Abortion Bans, Urges Pro-Lifers to ‘Stay United’

Trump Wants Exceptions in Abortion Bans, Urges Pro-Lifers to ‘Stay United’

President Trump distanced himself Sunday from Alabama’s new law banning abortion, saying he prefers exceptions be made for rape, incest and the life of the mother. 

He also said his pro-life views mirror those of Ronald Reagan.

Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Wednesday the Human Life Protection Act, which prohibits abortion except when it is needed to avoid a “serious health risk” to the mother. 

“As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“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 added.

“The Radical Left, with late-term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020,” he wrote. “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 ignited a debate among pro-lifers and pro-choicers.

Some pro-lifers agreed with Trump and said pragmatism is the best path forward.  

“If we can't get it all banned it's best to at least get the bigger part banned and then go from there. If we say all or nothing we lose,” Linda E. Panza wrote

Lila Rose of Live Action encouraged Trump to reconsider his stance. 

“Thank you for the great work your administration has done on behalf of life. If we are pro-life, we must be 100% pro-life,” Rose wrote. “A child of rape or incest is not a 2nd-class citizen. No woman or girl is served by abortion or immune to its trauma, including survivors of rape and incest.”

Actress Patricia Arquette, who is pro-choice, led the criticism of Trump. 

“You will never legislate abortion away you are only working to make safe abortions illegal,” Arquette tweeted.


Alabama’s Near-Total Abortion Ban Signed into Law

Abortion Supporters Are 'Anti-Science,' Ken Ham Says

Star Wars Director Pledges Money to Fight Georgia's Pro-Life Heartbeat Law

Georgia Gov. Defies Hollywood Threats, Signs Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill

Stacy Abrams Calls Georgia Heartbeat Bill 'Evil' and Says it's 'Bad for Business'

Alyssa Milano Says She Loves God then Misuses the Bible to Defend Abortion

Writers Guild of America Threatens to Boycott Georgia over Fetal Heartbeat Bill

Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog,

Photo courtesy: Getty Images/Pool

Trump Wants Exceptions in Abortion Bans, Urges Pro-Lifers to ‘Stay United’