In an interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night, Donald Trump, the president-elect of the United States, discussed reproductive rights.
When Lesley Stahl asked whether Trump would be following through on his campaign promise to appoint Supreme Court justices that would overthrow Roe v. Wade, the ruling by the court back in 1973 which established abortion as legal, he answered her by saying, that his appointees will be “pro-life”. He went on to say that if Roe v. Wade were overturned that the decision would “go back to the states”.
Stahl kept up with the line of questioning by stating that, “some women won’t be able to get an abortion.” Her focus on the issue pressed Trump to admit that if his Supreme Court succeeds in overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling and abortion access is determined at state-level, then women will “perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”
“And that’s OK?” Stahl continued. “Well, we’ll see what happens,” Trump replied. “It’s got a long way to go.”
But then we were witness to a bizarre insight into Trump’s flawed reasoning. Later on, when Stahl asked whether Trump supported marriage equality, he answered, “It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”
Ummm… excuse me? How can one Supreme Court ruling be targeted for getting reversed, but the other one is “settled”? What kind of strange double-standard is this?
Our future under the Trump presidency looks more and more worrisome as the days pass and more announcements are made about possible cabinet appointments, like this news about Steve Bannon, the notorious white nationalist and Breitbart loon.
If you value our future, and the futures of our children, then do not give up on human rights, education, and protecting the environment.