Planned Parenthood Action Fund Statement on Trump Victory in Nevada Republican Caucus
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2016
“If elected president, Trump would decimate women’s access to health care without blinking an eye.”
Washington, DC – Just after midnight, Donald Trump emerged as the winner of the Nevada Republican caucus, making it his third victory in the race for the GOP nomination. Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the following statement:
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“It’s time for a wake-up call. Donald Trump’s three straight victories reveal how much is at stake in this election. Donald Trump flaunts a dangerous agenda that promises to discriminate against immigrants, Muslims, and communities of color. Time and time again, Trump has vowed to restrict access to reproductive health care and ban abortion in this country.
“Donald Trump would be a disaster for women’s health and rights. He’d rather shut down the government than allow over a million Americans to receive health care at Planned Parenthood. He would ban safe, legal abortion, leading to a whole nation that looks like Texas, where at least 100,000 women have attempted to self-induce their own abortions,without medical assistance. And without thinking twice, he’dcut insurance coverage of birth control, meaning women would pay an estimated $1.4 billion more a year to cover their birth control.
“Don’t let Trump’s boisterous persona fool you. If elected president, Trump would decimate women’s access to health care without blinking an eye.”
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 them drug 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 build a 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 that bans 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 other white 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]
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 wants to cut insurance coverage of birth control
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
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 refuted Ted Cruz’s accusation that he supports Planned Parenthood, saying he does “not support” federal funding for Planned Parenthood: The billionaire businessman 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]
Trump told Ted Cruz “You are the single biggest liar," when Cruz said he supports Planned Parenthood funding: “For most of his life, [Trump's] policies have been very, very liberal," Cruz said in Greenville, South Carolina. ‘For most of his life, he has described himself as very pro-choice and as a supporter of partial birth abortions. Right now today as a candidate, he supports federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. I disagree with him on that.’ Trump interrupted and responded with insults. ‘You are the single biggest liar,’ he told Cruz. ‘You probably are worse than Jeb Bush. You are the single biggest liar.” [CBS News, 2/14/16]
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 from Perry/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.”