Trump: ‘I am For the Exceptions’ on Abortion: Rape, Incest, Life of the Mother

By Michael W. Chapman | August 11, 2015 | 4:19 PM EDT

Real estate developer and best selling author Donald Trump.  (AP) 

 

(CNSNews.com) – Real estate developer and best selling author Donald Trump said that although he is “pro-life,” he supports abortion in the cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

In an Aug. 11 interview on CNN’s New Day program, host Chris Cuomo commented on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) pro-life position and asked, “Marco Rubio, someone running against you, says that he doesn't believe in any carve outs for rape or incest.  That there's no abortion on any level, no matter what. Do you agree with that?”

Donald Trump said, “I disagree with that.  I am for the exceptions.  You have the three exceptions. I'm for the exceptions.  The health of the mother and life of the mother.”

“I absolutely am for the exceptions, and so was Ronald Reagan for the exceptions, by the way,” said Trump.  “There's nothing wrong with that.  You have to do it, in my opinion.”

“Now Marco took a very strong stand,” said Trump.  “I respect him for that.  He believes that.  It's just a different thing.  I am for the exceptions, yes.”

The three abortion exceptions that are usually referred to are noted in the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion except in three instances: pregnancy arising from incest or from rape, and abortion to save the life of the mother. 

In the case of the “life of the mother” exception,  former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said,  “In my thirty-six years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.”  

In addition, Dr. Alan Guttmacher, a past president of Planned Parenthood, wrote, “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.”

In remarks during the Aug. 6 GOP primary debate on the Fox News Channel, Sen. Marco Rubio said he had never supported abortion exceptions in the cases of rape or incest.

"I have never said that,” Rubio told moderator Megyn Kelly.  “And I have never advocated that. What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States."

Sen. Marco Rubio at the first GOP primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio,

Aug. 6, 2015.  (AP)

 

However, in an Aug. 9 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Rubio said he had and would support legislation that included rape and incest exceptions provided the overall goal was to help reduce the number of abortions.

“I'll support any legislation that reduces the number of abortions and there are those that have that exception in it,” said Rubio.  “What I've never done is said I require that it must have or not have exceptions.”

“[T]he number of abortions in this country that are due to rape are very small, less than 1 percent of the cases in the world,” said Rubio.  “But they happen and they're horrifying and they're tragic, and I recognize that.”

He continued, “I also recognize that because of the existence of over-the- counter morning-after [pill], not to mention medical treatment that's now available immediately after the assault that should be widely available to victims, we can bring that number down to zero.”

A “morning-after pill,” such as Plan B, is now sold over the counter at drug stores and it can induce an abortion by preventing an embryo from implanting in the mother’s uterus. 

The Plan B's package states: “This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).”

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman