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2/08/2019 11:55 am  #1

How President Trump is trying to sensationalize abortion

Whether you believe that abortion should be legal is up to you. I respect people on both sides of the argument.
But, that's not what this is about.
This is about Mr. Trump spreading falsehoods about New York’s law to inflame their base. 
Mr Trump does care a bit about abortion.

 How President Trump is trying to sensationalize abortion

By focusing on late-term abortions, which are exceedingly rare, the president paints an inaccurate and misleading picture.

In the past couple of days, President Trump has taken on the so-called scourge of late-term abortions.

At his State of the Union on Tuesday, he proposed a ban on late-term abortion “of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.” He attacked politicians in New York and Virginia on the issue.

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth,” he said. “These are living, feeling, beautiful, babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” he said. “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”

Trump’s State of the Union mischaracterized both situations. Last month, New York passed an act that codifies a woman’s right to an abortion and brings state law more in line with the Roe v. Wade ruling. The new law says women may have an abortion after 24 weeks if her “life and health” is at risk. It also decriminalizes abortion.

The president’s remarks obscure important points about the procedure.

Late-term abortions take place during or after the 21st and 24th week of pregnancy, late in the second trimester but not “minutes from birth.” It’s for that reason that doctors and scientists don’t like the term “late-term abortion” because they think it’s misleading and imprecise, allowing people to believe that they are taking place when a woman has reached a full term pregnancy.

It’s also exceedingly rare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that of abortions performed in 2015, only 1.3 percent of them were “late-term” — performed at or greater than 21 weeks of gestation. More than 91 percent were performed at or before 13 weeks — the first trimester.

Though most Americans believe that abortion should be legal, few believe late-term abortions should be legal. According to a Gallup poll from May 2018, only 13 percent of respondents support abortion in the third trimester.

And perhaps that explains the Republican Party’s obsession with the issue. Late-term abortions are rare and unpopular. But by painting a sensational and inaccurate picture of a procedure that most Americans already don’t support, the president can excite his base without suffering consequences.

Last edited by Goose (2/08/2019 12:33 pm)

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

2/08/2019 12:18 pm  #2

Re: How President Trump is trying to sensationalize abortion

And, Donald Trump doesn't give a rat's carcass either way.  As you mentioned, it's only about firing up his base which I'm pretty sure spends little or no time fact-checking anything he says.


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