Pro-lifers push back after Trump criticizes AL law

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Abby Johnston Trump tweetFew people are surprised anymore by President Trump and his Twitter comments but pro-lifers found themselves pushing back after he criticized a new Alabama abortion law.

Alabama legislators have made headlines in recent days for passing new restrictions that are being described as the most stringent in the country, and those restrictions apparently caught the attention of President Trump.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, the President reminded the public that he is “strongly Pro-Life” but went on state that he holds three exceptions: rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.


The new Alabama law, which includes prison time for the abortionist, does not allow for rape and incest. 

News headlines suggested that Trump’s tweet encouraging conservatives to “stick together and Win” signaled his concern that the Alabama law overreached, hurting his 2020 re-election plans.

Pro-life activists have applauded the Alabama law as a courageous and bold step, however, because the law’s stringent language codifies the pro-life argument that abortion literally kills another human being and thus is murder. And if it’s murder, pro-lifers reason, then there should no exceptions for murder.

Alison Centofante of Live Action tells OneNewsNow that President Trump has done a lot of good for the pro-life cause during his first term.


“And we applaud him for that,” she says. “But we are particularly enthusiastic about laws that protect everyone, and that includes people that were conceived in rape, or incest, or abuse."

“A baby of rape is innocent and doesn’t deserve the death penalty for her father’s evil crimes,” Lila Rose, Live Action’s president, responded to President Trump via Twitter.

Rose also linked to an op-ed by Radiance Foundation founder Ryan Bomberger, who was conceived in rape and adopted at birth.

Trump kissing babies“Let’s be real here,” he wrote. “Even if Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act had a rape and incest exception, the confused Handmaid’s Tale cosplayers would still be out in full force.”

President Trump’s tweet also earned a response from Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director who has gained national attention in recent months for the film “Unplanned” that portrays her pro-life conversion.

Also responding via Twitter, Johnson told President Trump that she adopted a child conceived in rape and then posted a photo of her son.

“I would love for you to meet him, @realDonaldTrump,” she wrote, “and tell me how his life isn't as valuable as my children conceived in love. He deserved to live and I'm so thankful that he does."


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