President Trump has flip flopped over many issues in his long life in the spotlight.
Near the top of this list is abortion. In the past, the president described himself as “very pro-choice”. Yet since entering politics as a Republican, the president’s tone has markedly changed. During his State of the Union Address, Trump criticised abortion, saying:
There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.
Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.
Following this intervention, which was greeted by rapturous applause from Republicans, Trump took to Twitter this week to ramp up his attacks against Democrat senators over abortion.
After the Senate failed to advance an anti-abortion measure, Trump tweeted:
Though, of course, the vote was for no such thing. The measure aimed to penalise doctors who fail to "exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion”.
The bill was seven votes short of passing, with three Democratic senators supporting it. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate, explained that he opposed the measure because of the Republican Party's "misleading" statements saying:
Congress reaffirmed that fact with its passage of the bipartisan Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in 2002. I support that law, which is still in effect. There is no need for additional federal legislation on this topic.
Late-term abortion gained widespread attention in last month after Virginia's state legislature proposed to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions in cases where the mother's health is threatened. Though it is still an extremely small number of abortions, less than 1 per cent, which are classed as late term.
After Trump’s State of the Union address, Clinton took to Twitter to call him out.
Only about 1% of abortions happen later in pregnancy—almost always because a woman’s health or life is at risk, or… https://t.co/oMNVegdf4k