Ivanka Trump has finally declared herself publicly anti-abortion.
In an interview with RealClearPolicy Released Thursday, Trump said, “I’m pro-life, and without any excuse.”
“I respect all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,” she told journalist Philip Wegmann, “but I’m also a mother of three, and parenthood has deeply influenced me in how I think about these things. ” Trump has long presented herself as an advocate for women: she did women’s economic empowerment and women in the workplace a central part of his platform ahead of his father’s election and over the past four years as one of his best advisers in the White House.
—Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) Aug 26, 2018
In the 2016 election cycle, Trump was presented as the “liberal hope” which many believe would help counter many of the positions of his father, President Donald Trump, including abortion – despite his encouragement.
In November 2017 and again in response to the Trump administration’s hugely unpopular immigration policy on family separations August 2018, social media users flocked to a viral Instagram campaign “Dear Ivanka” believing she would be able to convince her father to change his mind. An artist who followed her on Instagram tell the New Yorker it is because she is “the friendliest, softer side of Trumpism.”
But contrary to public expectations and his self-proclaimed advocacy for women, Trump has often dodged questions about abortion.
President Donald Trump’s stance on the issue has wavered over the years. In the 1990s he was “very pro-choice.” In the 2016 election, Trump went so far as to say “there must be some form of punishment” for women who choose abortion, a statement he quickly came back after much backlash. At the 2016 Forbes Women’s Summit, when she commented on her father’s shift in perspective on abortion, she emphasized that it was “real” and “you get,” Marie Claire reported.
American positions on abortion have become polarized since Roe v. Wade made the medical procedure legal across the country in 1973. A Gallup poll conducted in May this year found that 48% supported the right to abortion and 46% did not.
Throughout his presidency and until his reelection campaign, the president doubled his stance against abortion. He distanced himself from restrictive abortion laws and made it clear that he was “Strongly pro-life except for rape, incest and protection of mother’s life.” At the start of this year, he became the first president to speak at the March for Life, alongside anti-abortion activists. He recently appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who has previously signed anti-abortion advertising and could potentially tip over the Supreme Court to quash Roe v. Wade.
As for Ivanka Trump, Politico reported in 2017 that she secretly met Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, to gain a better understanding of the organization, although Planned Parenthood advocates criticized her for her silence on the matter. In 2018, Richards later wrote that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner met her again in 2018, a meeting in which Richards felt they had made an offer that sounded like a ‘bribe’. wine ”, according to an extract published in People magazine.
Richards later told Business Insider’s Rich Feloni that Kushner “wanted us to stop providing abortion services to women in this country in exchange for maintaining our public funding. “
With the election days that will determine whether her father will retain his presidency, Trump has made it clear that she reflects her father’s views on abortion rights.