Trump recommits to overturning Roe v. Wade

In the aftermath of the election, the whole world is trying to figure out what Donald Trump really stands for. His supporters are attempting to gaslight the public and pretend that he did not make outrageous promises to jail his opponents, build a wall, deport 11 million people and institute a police state in vulnerable communities. Yesterday, on 60 Minutes, he attempted to soften his image. We wait with anxiety to see if he really will not be the disaster that we think he will be for people of color, LBGT people, the uninsured and sick, Muslims, refugees and undocumented immigrants. But there is no need to wonder what his intentions are when it comes to reproductive rights.

Lesley Stahl: During the campaign, you said that you would appoint justices who were against abortion rights. Will you appoint– are you looking to appoint a justice who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade?

Donald Trump: So look, here’s what’s going to happen– I’m going to– I’m pro-life. The judges will be pro-life. They’ll be very—

Lesley Stahl: But what about overturning this law–

Donald Trump: Well, there are a couple of things. They’ll be pro-life, they’ll be– in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the Second Amendment and everybody’s talking about the Second Amendment and they’re trying to dice it up and change it, they’re going to be very pro-Second Amendment. But having to do with abortion if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states. So it would go back to the states and–

Lesley Stahl: Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?

Donald Trump: No, it’ll go back to the states.

Lesley Stahl: By state—no some —

Donald Trump: Yeah.

Donald Trump: Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.

Lesley Stahl: And that’s OK?

Donald Trump: Well, we’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.

So many of us are hearing that we should wait and see how this develops. We are being told that it will be OK.  Rule One of dealing with an autocrat is to believe what he says he is going to do. We are not going to wait to see how this plays out. Women’s lives depend on access to safe and affordable Reproductive Health Care. Please join us in the fight to elect pro-choice candidates. Let’s not wait and see. Let’s start now.

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