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"A Trump presidency would be a disaster for women"

Washington, DC – Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the following statement regarding GOP Super Tuesday results:


Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:


“Tonight, Donald Trump claimed he’d be great for women while in the same breath pledging to block them from accessing care at Planned Parenthood. Tonight, Trump was introduced by Chris Christie, who decimated women’s health care across New Jersey. Trump would ban abortion, and eliminate women’s ability to have birth control covered by health insurance. A Trump presidency would be a disaster for women.


"While we still don’t have a final Republican nominee, Donald Trump has built his presidential campaign on racism, misogyny and xenophobia. Donald Trump just this week had a group of African-American students removed from his rally for no apparent reason other than the color of their skin. Donald Trump has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Donald Trump has used sexist insults to ridicule female public figures. Donald Trump does not represent our America.


"Tonight illustrates the clear choice voters will have at the ballot box this November –– a president like Donald Trump who is intent on decimating access to women’s health care; or a president like Hillary Clinton who has spent her career protecting it.


“Hillary Clinton has been fighting for the rights, health and well-being of all Americans for decades. Americans don’t want a president who will further divide us, or strip away the rights of half our population. They want to keep moving this country forward.”


Tomorrow, justices at the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could decide whether or not women still have the right to access abortion safely and legally in this country. Yet Donald Trump has made it clear that he would ban abortion, and has pledged to appoint anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court.


Background: Donald Trump’s Exclusionary America


Donald Trump says he “cherish[es]” women, that “the Latinos love Trump and I love them” and that he has a “great relationship with the blacks.” And yet his campaign suggests something entirely different.


  • He has demonized Mexican immigrants coming to this country — calling themdrug dealers, criminals, and rapists — to justify his horrific plan to deport every undocumented immigrant in this country.  His policies would rip millions of people away from their families.  He also plans to builda wall separating Mexico from the United States that he said he intends to make Mexico pay for.

  • His vision of a safer and more free America is one thatbans any Muslim from entering the United States — an idea that quickly became fodder for a terrorist group who used it in a recruitment video, and as a talking point by the Klu Klux Klan and otherwhite supremacist groups in their outreach.

  • At a Trump rally, his supporters reportedly beat up a Black Lives Matter protester.Trump responded by saying, "maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing." Trump elevated a bogus claim that statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims — but “the exact opposite is true,” according to PolitiFact, which gave Trump’s statistics their “Pants on Fire” rating.


The reality is that Donald Trump paints a frightening, exclusionary picture of America where people aren’t safe or welcome, where women’s access to reproductive health care is thrown by the wayside, and where communities of color are treated with contempt.


Donald Trump’s Stance on Women’s Health and Rights is Virtually Indistinguishable From His GOP Colleagues’:


Donald Trump wants to ban access to safe, legal abortion:


Trump said that since Roe v. Wade was decided, we’ve been “sliding toward a culture of death”: “Over time, our culture of life in this country has started sliding toward a culture of death. Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court 43 years ago, over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country.” [Washington Examiner,1/23/16]

  • Wants to ban safe and legal abortion. [YouTube: Bloomberg Business,1/24/15]

  • Opposes abortion with almost no exceptions. When asked on Meet the Press about health exceptions for women seeking an abortion, Trump said: “My statement on that happens to be, you know, if the mother will die. And you're going to know that. And the problem with the life: If you say life, what does life mean? You have a cold and you're going to end up having an abortion.” [Washington Post,8/17/15]

  • Opposes overturning the Hyde Amendment: “Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience at the least and an affront to good governance at best.”  [Washington Examiner,1/23/16]

  • Donald Trump Would appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court: Donald Trump told conservative, Christian media mogul and founder of Regents University, Pat Robertson, that he would elect “pro-life” judges to the Supreme Court. “Robertson asked Trump what he would look for in a Supreme Court nominee. Justice Antonin Scalia died Feb. 13, leaving the high court with four Democratic appointees and four Republican appointees. ‘Pro-life,’ Trump said without hesitation. ‘I’ve always said that Justice (Clarence) Thomas doesn’t get enough credit. Justice (Samuel A.) Alito is a terrific guy ... so in that realm,’ Trump added.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch,2/24/16]


Donald Trump wants to cut insurance coverage of birth control


  • Trump stated he would use Hobby Lobby as a litmus test for Supreme Court Nominations: When asked at CNN’s GOP primary debate in Texas if he would use Hobby Lobby — the Supreme Court decision that allows bosses to deny women insurance coverage for birth control — Trump said yes he would. [CNN, 2/25/16]

  • Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act: As reported by the Daily Caller, in his book Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, Trump promises he would kill the Affordable Care Act with the stroke of a pen on his first day in office if he were president. [Daily Caller,1/15/14]

  • Would repeal ACA in favor of system called “Donaldcare” but won’t offer specifics on what the health care alternative would be: “The blustering billionaire also swore to repeal Obamacare in favor of a new system called ‘Donaldcare,’ but offered no details about what this new health care system would entail.” [The New York Daily News,9/15/15]

  • Said ACA has “gotta go”: “Trump said that the Affordable Care Act has ‘gotta go’ and that he would repeal the law and replace it with ‘something terrific.’  (Trump added that he’d ‘work out some sort of a really smart deal with hospitals across the country,’ to provide care for poor Americans.)” [Forbes,7/31/15]


Donald Trump wants to cut access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers


  • Donald Trump affirmed he would “defund” Planned Parenthood: At the Texas primary debate on February 25, Donald Trump affirmed that he would block patients from seeking services at Planned Parenthood health centers, stating, “I wouldn’t fund it. I would defund it because of the abortion factor… I would defund it.”[Think Progress, 2/25/16]

  • Said he would support a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding: “Asked directly by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if it’s worth shutting down the federal government to strip Planned Parenthood’s $528 million in government funding, Trump replied: ‘I would.’ And Trump blamed Cruz’s colleagues for abandoning him during the fight to defund Obamacare two years ago. ‘If the Republicans stuck together you could have done it with Obamacare also, but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz,’ Trump said. ‘If they had stuck together they would have won that battle. I think you have to in this case [on Planned Parenthood funding] also, yes.’” [POLITICO,8/4/15]

  • Trump said he does “not support” allowing patients who rely on federal programs for health care to access services at Planned Parenthood: Trump dismissed Cruz’s accusations that he supports abortion rights and opposes gun rights as false. ‘I am pro-life and I do not support tax payer funding for Planned Parenthood as long as they are performing abortions,’ he said in the statement. ‘I am also a strong advocate of the [National Rifle Association], as are my sons.” [The Hill,2/17/16]


Donald Trump holds endorsements from anti-abortion, anti-women’s health politicians

  • Chris Christie recently bragged that he vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood health centers seven times in the New Jersey budget.  In 2009, this funding helped support services for more than 136,000 patients; and in 2013, New Jersey’s family planning providers saw almost 33,000 fewer patients compared with 2010 — a 26 percent drop in patients served.  [New York Magazine,1/28/16;National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, n.d.]

  • Christie has made an annual action of vetoing $7.5 million included in the New Jersey state budget to go toward family planning organizations: His repeated denial of every effort by the state legislature to restore the funding has led to the closure of family planning centers. On the campaign trail Christie likes to celebrate the fact that he has has “vetoed Planned Parenthood funding seven times,” but the real effects on New Jersey’s women, men, and families has been devastating.  [YouTube, 8/4/15 ;nj.com, 2/26/15]

  • An editorial in the state’s leading newspaper called the results harsh: “Six clinics were forced to close, and others had to cut back on hours or increase waiting periods. And none of the money was even being used for abortions. Christie cut it simply because some of it was going to facilities that also perform the procedure. He was pandering to conservatives who detest Planned Parenthood, at the expense of women's health.”

  • Christie has said that he won’t compromise when it comes to vetoing funding for family planning: “When they send me Planned Parenthood funding year after year after year — and I am the first governor to ever veto Planned Parenthood funding out of the budget — there is no room for compromise there.” [CSPAN, 6/19/15]


National polls show Americans believe women have a right to safe and legal abortion.


  • ABloomberg Politics national poll found that 67% of Americans surveyed said the Supreme Court was right to rule that women have a constitutional right to abortion.

  • A poll fromPerry/Undem shows that nearly two-thirds (63%) of participants said state level anti-abortion laws are going in the wrong direction. And, when asked to choose one word to describe their reaction to the list of new state restrictions, many chose words like “unfair,” “wrong,” “disgusted,” “ridiculous,” and “angry.”


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