In his “60 Minutes” interview, President-elect Donald Trump called marriage equality “irrelevant,” because it had been decided in the Supreme Court. Here’s a little history lesson about Roe v. Wade.
Now let’s review what President-elect Donald Trump told Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” the other week when it came to abortion rights in America under the new — and worrisome — administration.
Trump confirmed to Stahl that one of his first priorities as president was to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a conservative justice.
“I’m pro-life,” Trump told Stahl. “The judges will be pro-life.” (I’m sure he meant “justices,” because we’re talking about the highest court in the land. But I digress).
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If Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned, as Trump wishes, the decision on whether to keep abortion legal will “go back to the states,” he said.
And if some states ban it? Stahl asked.
“Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go — they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump said.
Just like that. “Go to another state,” like we’re running over to Trader Joe’s for Two-Buck Chuck, instead of dealing with one of the most difficult decisions of our lives.
So here’s what that looks like: Vulnerable women already freaked out and worried about time and money having to Google a clinic in another state, then find transportation, gas money, perhaps more money for a hotel. And a driver.
I guess this is what Trump meant when he said women who have abortions “should be punished.”
We have to earn the right we already have. We have to pay.
It’s no wonder that a senior editor at The Daily Beast responded to the news of Trump’s election by tweeting “GET AN IUD TOMORROW.”
Or that the Planned Parenthood call center in charge of 28 health centers, including the ones in Seattle, fielded 200 more calls than usual the day after the election. Some people wanted to make donations, some wanted to volunteer and yes, some wanted IUDs.
My favorite folks were the ones who made donations to Planned Parenthood in the name of Vice President-elect (and Planned Parenthood opponent) Mike Pence.
Thanks for the laugh; I needed it.
The truth is, I’m more worried than ever about a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body.
The country just elected a man who made it clear on that “Access Hollywood” Bro Bus that he feels he has the right to choose what to do with women’s bodies all the time. Grab them. Kiss them. And then get away with it because you’re “a star.”
(I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one revolted by People Magazine’s cover celebrating “President Trump,” when one of their own former staffers accused him of pressing her against a wall and kissing her without her consent. She was working on a story about his marriage at the time.)
But back to “60 Minutes.”
Later in the interview, Stahl asked Trump what he thought about marriage equality. He called the issue “irrelevant.”
“Because it was already settled,” Trump said. “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it’s done.”
“So even if you appoint a judge that — ” Stahl prodded.
“It’s done,” Trump said. “ … These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”
A little history lesson for the new Commander-in-Chief: The right to a safe and legal abortion has been “settled,” too. It’s been legal — and, more importantly, safe — since 1973.
I believe in marriage equality. But it makes no sense for Trump to say “it’s done” about one issue that received a Supreme Court ruling, and look to overturn another that the same court put on the books 43 years ago.
The only way it would make sense is if you understood that Trump is “pro-life,” which I’ve come to interpret as code for wanting to control women’s lives.
If a woman decides that she can’t be pregnant or care for a child for any reason — her age, her financial, marital or employment status, her mental or physical health — who are we to tell her otherwise?
Trump thinks he’s the guy, and he hopes the Supreme Court follows through.
If they do, my retirement plan will fall right into place: Get myself a nice car, park it in a state where abortion is illegal — I don’t know, maybe Pence’s home state of Indiana — and give the local women’s clinic my number. Anyone who needs a ride to the closest state where abortion is still allowed is welcome to ride shotgun.
With a shotgun, if she likes. Because God knows that will be OK with everybody.