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Donald Trump: Pro-life so women don't have to be

April 8, 2011 - 11:30 AM
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CBN political reporter David Brody has scored an interview with presidential-y candidate Donald Trump on his evolving views on abortion. Brody on why Trump switched from a pro-choice position to a pro-life one: "He says one of the main reasons was because one of his close personal friends chose to keep his child rather than have an abortion." Chose . . . his . . . what happened?

Trump lays it down: "A friend of mine, his wife was pregnant, in this case married, and she was pregnant, and he was going to—they were going to—he didn't really want the baby. And he was telling me the story, he was crying as he was telling me. They ended up for some reason—amazingly, through luck, because they didn't have the right timing—he ends up having the baby. And the baby is the apple of his eye. He says it's the greatest thing that ever happened to him . . . And I am pro-life."

To the best of my understanding: Donald Trump's friend is set on forcing his wife to have an abortion, but waits too long in the pregnancy to seal the deal. Undeterred, he claims full responsibility for physically birthing the child, declares it the central experience of his existence, and compels a minor presidential candidate to support stripping every woman of her right to make her own reproductive health choices in every context.

Apparently a cursory understanding of how babies are incubated and expelled from the human body at great personal effort and physical risk is not a prerequisite for assuming a position on abortion rights. Social conservatives, while intrigued, remain skeptical of Trump's gambling fortune.

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  1. Molly Malone

    Molly Malone

    Apr 10, 2011 - 04:37:42 PM

    Also have to love when people base their conviction that no one has the right to choose on their experience or someone else's experience of exercising choice. Sarah Palin did this when she revealed that she considered, then decided against having an abortion when she found out her son Trig would be born with down syndrome. In that moment, she said, she thought sincerely about having an abortion. But she made the hard and courageous choice not to, likely because of her convictions and physical and financial ability to raise a child with down syndrome. But to her, somehow, because she evaluated her life, abilities, and worldview and then *chose* what was right for her, she simultaneously determined what all women, everywhere, regardless of their circumstances, *must* do when they find that they are pregnant. Like Palin, Trump is arguing that because one person he knows (presumably) evaluated his family's situation and (I hope) decided with his wife that they could support a baby, no other families or women have the right to take a hard look at their life and decide for themselves based on the same worries and convictions. Nobody who chose abortion matters in the debate over abortion, and nor do the reasons behind their choice—but as soon as one person out of thousands makes 'the right choice,' it becomes clear to these blockheads that everybody can.

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    • respectforlife


      Apr 30, 2011 - 02:06:39 AM

      The taking of innocent and defenseless lives is what makes me unhappy, and I'm wondering how the deaths of innocent children doesn't make you unhappy? I'm guessing it has to with you ignoring the fact that the child even exists. Are you aware that pregnancy is not a random disease that strikes when you least expect it, but is actually a result of having sex? If you don't want to have a child, CHOOSE not to have sex. Killing is not a legitimate choice. And stop saying 'mind your own business' like pro-life people are trying to tell women what the books to read, what kind of car to drive, or something trivial and stupid like that. What kind of world would we be living in if people just stuck their head in the ground every time they saw something morally repugnant happening? Seems to me the world would be a sad and scary place to live in.

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    • Sophia Elizabeth

      Sophia Elizabeth

      Apr 29, 2011 - 08:51:53 AM

      If you believe a woman is selfish for having an abortion,  You're unhappy because they chose to make their own choices and not follow your choices i.e. not get one, have a baby.   Once again, worry about yourself and mind your own business.  

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