Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 18th, 2016 - 7 comments
Categories: abortion, International, political alternatives, Social issues, uk politics, us politics - Tags: abortion, Sturgeon, trump
In a world where the radical centre is being handed back to itself on a plate in election after election, we either progress from that point or we regress. Our choice.
On the one path there is the likes of Donald Trump, who during a recent ’60 Minutes’ interview signaled his intent to bring the US in line with Eire and Northern Ireland by overturning US abortion legislation.
On the other sits the likes of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who has signaled how she intends to explore the devolved powers around the National Health Service in Scotland to ensure that women from Northern Ireland can access abortion for free.
Transcripted segment of the 60 Minutes interview from the first link in the post.
LESLEY STAHL (HOST): During the campaign, you said that you would appoint justices who were against abortion rights. Will you appoint– are you looking to appoint a justice who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade?
DONALD TRUMP: So, here’s what’s going to happen– I’m going to– I’m pro-life. The judges will be pro-life. They’ll be very much–
STAHL: But what about overturning this law —
TRUMP: Well, there are a couple of things. They’ll be pro-life, they’ll be, in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the Second Amendment and everybody’s talking about the Second Amendment and they’re trying to dice it up and change it, they’re going to be very pro-Second Amendment. But having to do with abortion, if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states. So it would go back to the states and then the states–
STAHL: But then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?
TRUMP: No, it’ll go back to the states.
STAHL: By state. No some —
TRUMP: Yeah. Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.
STAHL: And that’s OK?
TRUMP: Well, we’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go. [CBS, 60 Minutes, 11/13/16]
And Nicola Sturgeon quoted from the second link in the post –
“I am happy to explore with the NHS what the situation is now in terms of the ability of women from Northern Ireland to access safe and legal abortion in NHS Scotland and whether any improvements can be made. Like Patrick Harvie, (leader of the Scottish Green Party) I believe that women should have the right to choose, within the limits that are currently set down in law, and that that right should be defended. When a woman opts to have an abortion – I stress that that is never, ever an easy decision for any woman – the procedure should be available in a safe and legal way.”