Anti-abortion groups have moved quickly to announce they intend to hold Donald Trump to his promises, noting that their efforts on his behalf in critical battleground states were based on those promises. Specifically, given that Republicans control both houses of Congress as well, they expect Trump to promptly defund Planned Parenthood, outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, and fill the Supreme Court with the justices necessary to overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision.
The comments are particularly troubling to abortion rights advocates, who claim that it would be against the majority wishes of the country, shown both by opinion polls on the issue, as well as by Trump having received fewer votes than John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Hillary Clinton. Abortion rights advocates also concede, however, that although they will fight changes to take away rights women have had now for more than 40 years, there may be little they can do about it if Trump is able to appoint more than one Supreme Court Justice.
Senate Democrats could, of course, filibuster a Trump Supreme Court nominee. But Republicans allegedly are poised to use rules that require only a majority vote for nominees in the event of a filibuster. As Trump has noted in his speeches and interviews, with Roe v. Wade overturned, the law on abortions would go back to the states, where 24 states have legislatures and governorships completely controlled by Republicans who are opposed to abortion rights. In states like Louisiana and Mississippi, laws are already on the books that automatically criminalize abortion if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
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