Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2016

Donald Trump’s pro-life record, stance under attack, Scott Brown good VP candidate

Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stance on abortion is being questioned, according to The Weekly Standard, noting the candidate’s changes over the years.
Tim Russert asked Trump in a 1999 interview if he would support a ban on “abortion in the third-trimester” or “partial-birth abortion” to which Trump replied, “No, I am pro-choice in every respect.”
Now running for the Republican nomination, attempting to appeal to a pro-life electorate and evangelicals, Trump has claimed he’s evolved and changed his stance on abortion.
2011 photo/ Gage Skidmore

2011 photo/ Gage Skidmore

“Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances,” Trump said during the first GOP debate. “I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.”

Some of Trump’s 2016 campaign promises are signing a ban on abortion during the last four months of pregnancy and questioning Planned Parenthood should receive any federal funding after the Center for Medical Progress videos were released.
He later amended his stance on Planned Parenthood, saying, “I wouldn’t do any funding as long as they are performing abortions.”
“Even if the mercurial Trump followed through on his promises to sign pro-life legislation, it wouldn’t matter if he appointed liberal justices to the Supreme Court. The Court is just one appointment away from a solid liberal majority that would likely find a right to taxpayer-funded and late-term abortion,” warns the Weekly Standard article.
“Even if Trump wanted to appoint a constitutionalist, there’s no reason to think he’d know how to pick one in the first place,” asserts John McCormack of the Weekly Standard.
Noting that four of the Justices will be over the age of 80, “There’s really no telling how far a lockstep-liberal majority would go on other issues like guns, immigration, national security, and the death penalty. If Trump appoints a liberal activist–intentionally or not–the rest of his domestic agenda doesn’t matter much.”
In 2015, Trump said he thought his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a federal appeals court judge who struck down New Jersey’s partial-birth abortion ban, would be a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice. “We will have to rule that out now, at least,” he added. Other areas of concern which point to this issue: “Trump still supports allowing the government to seize private property for commercial use, and a Supreme Court justice who shares this view will almost certainly be a liberal activist on issues across the board.On Saturday, Trump floated former senator Scott Brown, who supports a right to abortion, as a possible vice presidential running mate. “I tend to agree with @AnnCoulter on priorities here. If Trump immigration plan implemented, doesn’t matter,” tweeted Breitbart.com Washington editor Matthew Boyle.

“I don’t care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy paper,” Coulter wrote in August.

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