THE ESCAPE hatch just blew off the Trump tent.
“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump said. “For the woman?” Matthews asked. “Yeah,” Trump said, nodding. Trump said the punishment would “have to be determined.” [Bloomberg Politics]
Leave it to Chris Matthews, a man who had a disgraceful role in the 2008 election cycle but who is tearing it up during town hall sessions with 2016 candidates. He tied Clinton up in knots over foreign policy recently, and now he’s ensnared Donald Trump in a bombshell interview airing tonight.
Trump’s comments come at a moment in history when the vast majority of women have moved on from voting on abortion alone. So it’s hard to say how this will impact Trump’s candidacy but the anti-abortion contingent is freaking out!
March For Life condemns Trump's comment on abortion. pic.twitter.com/Ja8Tm2YEMx
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 30, 2016
But wait, how do you ban abortion?
I say this as someone who has had an abortion, which I’ve written about in detail many times, including in my books.
This is about curtailing a woman’s right to self-determination, which is rooted in controlling what women do.
But guess what, Republicans across the country are already punishing women who want to get an abortion.
What do you think waiting periods are about?
38 states require that women receive counseling before an abortion is performed: 30 of these states detail the information a woman must be given; 8 states have abortion-specific requirements generally following the established principles of informed consent.
28 of these states also require women to wait a specified amount of time—most often 24 hours— between the counseling and the abortion procedure.
14 states require that counseling be provided in person and that the counseling take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two separate trips to the facility.
- 28 states direct the state health agency to develop written materials: 10 require that the materials be given to a woman seeking an abortion, 18 require that the materials be offered to her.
- 14 states require that the woman be informed that she cannot be coerced into obtaining an abortion.
- Nearly all the states that require counseling require information about the abortion procedure and fetal development.
25 states require that the woman be given information about the specific procedure, while 23 require information about all common abortion procedures.
33 states require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.
27 states include information on fetal development throughout pregnancy.
- 12 states include information on the ability of a fetus to feel pain.
- 6 states require that the woman be told that personhood begins at conception.
- 25 states include information about the risks of abortion.
1 state requires medically inaccurate information that a medication abortion can be stopped after the woman takes the first dose of pills.
- 20 states include accurate information on the potential effect of abortion on future fertility; in 4 states, the written materials inaccurately portray this risk.
- 5 of the 7 states that include information on breast cancer inaccurately assert a link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer.
- 9 of the 22 states that include information on possible psychological responses to abortion stress negative emotional responses.
- 29 states include information on the health risks of continuing pregnancy.
“Fetal heartbeat” bills that equate a woman’s life with the gestating fetus, as if a woman is only an incubator.
In Virginia, the legislature concocted an invasive ultrasound bill, making a woman endure the unthinkable before having a LEGAL procedure.
To make matters worse, Trump’s clarification fantasizes about turning the issue of abortion back to the states.
Where all matters of independent self-determination go to die because Democrats in the Obama era have no 50-state strategy though they’re trying to mount one as Hillary Clinton moves closer to running the joint.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Horrific and telling. -H https://t.co/Qi8TutsOw9
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 30, 2016
— Meet the Press (@meetthepress) March 30, 2016
Trump issues clarification of his abortion-punishment position – and by "clarification" I mean "complete reversal" pic.twitter.com/ZRbAxgPxVm
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) March 30, 2016