Trying to nail down Donald Trump’s position on abortion is far from easy as he has an ever-shifting opinion on the matter, according to The Washington Post. Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a potential running mate of Donald Trump, may have made things more confusing as he stated he thinks it should be a woman’s choice on ABC’s This Week.
According to Flyyn, women are ultimately the ones who bring up the child. It just makes sense for the woman to have a say in whether or not they bring a child into the world they are responsible for bringing up.
The statement from Donald Trump’s potential VP counters the Republican policy, which asserts that an unborn child has constitutional rights too. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, believes the statement Flynn made about abortion is enough to disqualify him from being Vice President to Donald Trump.
In her statement, she made it clear that Flynn’s statement and beliefs contradict the assurances Trump has given to various anti-abortion groups through his support to do things such as defund Planned Parenthood.
According to PBS News Hour, Michael Flynn is one of several individuals Donald Trump is considering for his running mate. Trump is officially expected to make his announcement on who he has chosen at the end of this week.
For the most part, Trump has attempted to make it clear that he opposes abortion. For this reason, most find it shocking that he would consider a running mate who does not feel the same way about abortion. Back in March, Donald Trump said he believed women should be punished for having abortions and that, with rare exception, abortions should be illegal. He later altered his statement to claim that it shouldn’t be the women who are punished for the illegal abortions, but the doctors who perform the abortion. Trump believes the doctors who are performing the abortion procedures are the ones who truly kill the unborn babies, stripping them of their constitutional rights.
Where exactly does Donald Trump fall regarding the matter of abortion? Even media outlets are not really sure. Here is the timeline:
April of 1989
Donald Trump and his family were threatened by anti-abortion activities for supporting abortions.
October of 1999
Ten years later, Trump is asked during an interview what he would do about abortion if he were the President.
In the interview above, Trump makes it clear that he is against abortion. He claims the thought of abortion makes him sick to his stomach. He, however, also makes it clear that he is pro-choice. Whether he is for or against abortion, he thinks people have the right to choose.
Between The Years 1999 and 2011
Somewhere between the years of 1999 and 2011, Trumps opinion on abortion changed yet again. This is because he had a friend who got pregnant, wanted to abort the baby, and ended up not going through with it. According to Trump, that baby grew into an incredible child.
March 30, 2016
Over the course of two and a half hours on March 30 of this year, Trump altered his statement regarding abortion three different times. At 2:30 p.m. on this day, Trump stated that women who receive abortions after they become illegal should be punished for their actions. He went on to say that the men involved should not be punished, just the women. At 3:30 p.m. on that day, Trump released a statement saying he was a lot like Ronald Reagan. He was pro-life, with a few exceptions.
At 5 p.m. on the same day Trump released an official statement – again altering what he had said. This time, Trump wanted it to be known that he believed it was the doctor or any medical staff members who should be punished for performing the abortion procedure. He did not believe the woman or the father should be punished.
Regardless of where Donald Trump shifted on the matter, he has almost always been against abortion to some degree. Would he really choose someone who supports abortion to run with him as his VP?
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