After being pro-choice, Donald Trump has somehow evolved into a pro-life Planned Parenthood basher. This is a major social concern for many Republicans and conservatives in the US, and now that the President-elect is gearing up and selecting his cabinet, many want to see some action. However, it should be noted that no one knows what this action will be, simply because we do not know what Trump believes. Even Trump does not know what Trump believes. His facts sway with broad range, but one thing is for certain: he wants a conservative Supreme Court. The possibility of conservatism sweeping through the country is a cause for worry.
Defunding Planned Parenthood
It is known that Trump is no longer a fan of Planned Parenthood.
Although he admits to possibly donating to the controversial organization, he has taken to bashing it. On August 16, 2015, Trump stated, “Planned Parenthood has to stop with the abortions. A lot of people consider it an #Abortion clinic…I wouldn’t fund it if they have abortion going on. Now, you hear all different numbers. They say it’s 3%, other people say it’s 85%. That’s a big difference.” And how right he is: it is a big difference. How is Trump supposed to make a careful and informative decision, when he doesn’t have exact numbers? Two months later, on October 18, 2015, Trump said, “Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean if you look at what’s going on with that, it’s terrible. And many of the things should be defunded and many things should be cut.” His stance on Planned Parenthood is worrisome, not only because he is not totally informed, but because here is another 70 year old male ignoring the voices of women who will be affected by his decision.
This has nothing to do with him—for all we know, his stances may have been a ploy to gather more supporters and their votes. Another tactic to please his supporters was naming 21 conservative candidates to fill the empty Supreme Court seat.
The Supreme Court and conservatism
With the empty seat in the Supreme Court, many are expected it to be filled with a conservative Justice. After naming 21 candidates for the position, we can all expect that it will definitely be a conservative individual. This is cause for worry, because Trump told Bloomberg Politics that, on the topic of abortion, the Supreme Court are “probably at some point going to be making a ruling on that soon, and at some point they should be making a ruling.” With the vacant seat going to an ultra-conservative, we can expect continuous ruling against abortion. This is all quite pleasing to the Republican party as well as Trump supporters across the nation, but many are left with worry. With the opposition of Planned Parenthood and abortion, which is seen as a right to the individual after its legalization following Roe vs.
Wade, we are reminded of the pushback of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 70s. Trump’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would make it more difficult to get an abortion, as well as the possibility of the Supreme Court’s future ruling against abortion, leaves people with uncertainty. With the President-elect’s presidency quickly approaching there is a logical fear that the social progress we have made will be reversed.