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Wednesday, Dec 30 2015

The Year Trump Took Over, Pt. 4: Anti-Women's Health

Dec 30, 2015

Year Trump Took Over

Donald Trump’s bombastic rhetoric has defined the 2016 GOP field on every issue — including women’s health, which brings us to #4 on our list of the Year Trump Took Over.

The Republican frontrunner says he would defund Planned Parenthood if elected president, referring to the women’s health organization as “an abortion factory.”  After the shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Trump talked about the falsified Center for Medical Progress videos. He said, “There is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible, all of the videos that they’ve seen, with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car.”

The real estate mogul’s offensive rhetoric has extended to the rest of the GOP field, as the entire party takes their War on Women to a new extreme. By campaigning on anti-choice policies including no exceptions for rape or incest and ruthlessly investigating lies about Planned Parenthood, the Republicans are alienating women.

Instead of learning their lesson from 2012, the GOP field will continue to try to take away health benefits for women under the Affordable Care Act and impose harsh restrictions on choice and birth control.

Take a look at the rest of the field on Planned Parenthood and women’s right to choose.

This is the year Trump took over:

Ted Cruz

  • Cruz supports a personhood amendment that could ban abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, and potentially go so far as to ban common forms of birth control.
  • Cruz described the Center for Medical Progress’s misleading Planned Parenthood videos as“[showing] the face of evil” and appearing to “demonstrate an ongoing pattern of criminal conduct.”
  • Cruz claimed the CMP videos showed “senior Planned Parenthood officials callously, heartlessly laughing and sipping wine while they barter and sell the body parts of unborn children.”


Marco Rubio

  • Rubio opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. When asked about exceptions, Rubio said, “I believe and I’ve always advocated that life begins at conception.”
  • In 2012, Rubio introduced a bill that would let employers refuse to cover contraceptives in their health insurance plans. In response to the bill, a Tampa Bay Times editorial blasted the senator saying the bill showed Rubio believed “women… should be subject to a religious agenda as a condition of their employment.”


Jeb Bush


Ben Carson


Chris Christie

  • Christie supported shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. He said, “You should put the defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president’s desk. If he’s going to veto it, let the American people see that he stands with the folds who believe that the systematic murder of children in the womb, in a way that preserves the body parts to be sold on the open market, is something that he stands for.”


Carly Fiorina
  • Fiorina supports a 20-week abortion ban and opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
  • Fiorina supports shutting down the government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.


John Kasich

  • As governor of Ohio, Kasich signed a bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks including no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
  • According to FiveThirtyEight, “Since entering office in January 2011, John Kasich…has signed every abortion and women’s reproductive health provision that has landed on his desk.”


Published: Dec 30, 2015

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