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Trump says 'Pro-Life' but favours exceptions for rape, incest

AFP  |  Washington 

has declared himself "strongly Pro-Life", days after two US states passed tough new restrictions on abortions, but said exceptions should be made for pregnancies resulting from rape or

The US spelled out his position on -- set to feature prominently at next year's election -- in his first comments on the hot-button issue since Alabama's signed a near-total ban on the termination of pregnancy.

"As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions -- Rape, and protecting the Life of the mother -- the same position taken by Ronald Reagan," Trump tweeted late Saturday.

Trump, who is seeking to expand on his conservative support ahead of his re-election bid, added: "The Radical Left, with late term (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020."

Alabama's on Wednesday signed a near-total prohibition on abortions widely seen as the country's most restrictive ban, and the legislature on Friday made the procedure illegal from eight weeks of pregnancy.

Neither make exceptions for rape or -- only for cases where the mother's life is in danger.

Republican-led legislatures in Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, and have also enacted laws banning from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Supporters hope that legal battles over the laws will reach the Supreme Court, as they pursue the long-sought conservative goal of overturning its landmark 1973 abortion ruling, known as Roe v Wade.

Roe v Wade guarantees women's rights to abortion as long as the foetus is not viable -- around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Trump, a bombastic, twice-divorced billionaire, won over the evangelical vote during his 2016 campaign by promising to appoint anti-abortion justices at the

He has since brought two conservative appointees to the highest court in the land -- and -- shifting the balance of the nine-person bench.

In a series of tweets on the deeply polarizing issue, Trump said the US had "come very far in the last two years" on abortion, and praised "two great new Justices".

On Sunday, defenders of women's reproductive rights are set to march in protest against Alabama's new in four of the Southern state's cities, including the capital Montgomery.

"People should have the right to make the decisions that are best for their bodies without state interference," organisers said on

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 16:21 IST
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