Pro-life women leaders from Iowa urge Republican caucus-goers and voters to support anyone but Donald Trump. In a letter being sent out to pro-life Iowans today, they say that based upon his own words, Trump cannot be trusted on abortion:
On the issue of defending unborn children and protecting women from the violence of abortion, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted and there is, thankfully, an abundance of alternative candidates with proven records of pro-life leadership whom pro-life voters can support. We have come to this conclusion after having listened patiently to numerous debates and news reports, but most importantly to Donald Trump’s own words.
These women also take Trump to task for his denigration of women:
Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.
Remember Trump said he would would not even ban partial birth abortion. He said it in his now infamous interview with Tim Russert on Meet the Press:
Russert: Would President Trump ban partial birth abortion?
Trump: I’m very pro choice. And again it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different having attitude in different parts of the country and you know I was raised in New York, grew up and work and everything else in New York City.
Russert: But you would not ban partial-birth abortion?
Never forget what a horrific procedure partial-birth abortion is. Generally performed in the second or third trimester, during which a fetus is partially removed from the womb, and its skull is punctured or crushed. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, defines partial birth abortion:
Sec. 1531. Partial-birth abortions prohibited 1.(b) As used in this section– (1) the term `partial-birth abortion’ means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion– (A) deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and (B) performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus.
Congress provided that this ban would not apply to a situation in which the mother would be put at risk.
As Trump continues to make clear, his New York values are different than Iowa’s values.