Former President Trump Says Republicans Face “Doom” If They Refuse Exceptions to Abortion

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Former President Donald Trump, who has often touted his record on the pro-life issue, recently warned that Republicans face “doom” if they don’t allow for three exceptions on abortion.

Trump, who was the first president to speak at the March for Life and whose three conservative appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court made it possible to overturn Roe v. Wade, pointed to the abortion issue as a political impediment for Republican candidates in the wake of a November midterm election that saw mixed results for the candidates he endorsed.

“Now, I think a lot of Republicans didn’t handle the abortion question properly,” Trump recently told Breitbart News in reference to two gubernatorial candidates who support abortion bans without exceptions, Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania and Tudor Dixon of Michigan, both of whom lost to their pro-abortion Democratic opponents.

“I think if you don’t have the three exceptions, it’s almost impossible in most parts of the country to win. If you don’t have three exceptions—I said to a very nice man running for governor of Pennsylvania, ‘If you don’t have the three exceptions, you can’t win.’ Same thing with Tudor. She didn’t have the three exceptions,” he explained.

“I say this to the Republican Party: If you don’t have the three exceptions, because you know the Democrats are radical and they’ll kill the baby at nine months or they’ll kill the baby after the baby is born. Okay? That’s more radical. But, you know a 15 or 16 week period of time, but you have to have the three exceptions. If you don’t have the three exceptions, you’re destined to doom.”

This is not the first time that President Trump has signaled his support for abortion exceptions.

In 2019, he tweeted that he was “strongly pro-life” with the exception of cases of rape or incest and to save the life of the mother.

Trump was also clear when he ran for president in 2016 during a debate with Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton that he thought the issue of abortion should go back to the states, which is what happened when the high court overturned Roe v. Wade.

However, several of the states have successfully passed abortion bans that do not include exceptions for cases of rape and incest, which typically make up a very small portion of abortions, anyway.

What’s more, no state in the union has laws that would prevent a woman from receiving medical care to save her life it was being threatened by a pregnancy; pro-abortion advocates frequently conflate medical care that cannot save a baby’s life, such as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, with abortion, which is the deliberate destruction of a growing baby in the womb with the intention of taking its life.

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