Why Trump is wrong about the Three Abortion “Exceptions”

Why Trump is wrong about the Three Abortion “Exceptions”

To kick off the new year, former President Donald Trump decided to fix blame on pro-life Republican candidates for failing to produce the expected “red wave” for the 2022 election cycle. Democrats did better than expected in House and governor races, and gained a slim majority in the Senate. Some attempted to blame Trump’s endorsements of political candidates for the GOP’s lack luster performance.

Via his Truth Social media account, Trump wrote on January 1st, “It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20!!”  Trump then insisted “It was the ‘abortion issue,’ poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters.”

Trump’s political decision to shift blame to pro-life candidates is narcissistic and shockingly ill-informed.

Consider what Trump ignorantly identified as “No Exceptions” to Abortion:

#1 – Life of the Mother –  This isn’t an “exception” at all.  Protecting the Life of the Mother is not an exception; it is the rule. When the mother’s life is in imminent danger owing to pregnancy, doctors act to save her life. Period.  The false notion that doctors cannot save one life without necessarily sacrificing the other life creates an unnecessary political dilemma.

Perhaps owing to the wild success of decades of pro-abortion propaganda, Trump, like many Americans, is ignorant to the truth that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother.

Moreover, there is no federal or state law anywhere that says the mother must die or must continue a pregnancy when her life is in imminent risk.  Examples of life-threatening conditions include ectopic pregnancies, preeclampsia, toxemia, diabetes, or other life-threatening conditions such as cancer.

Delivering the baby, either through early induction of labor or through C-section, saves the life of the mother quickly and gives the baby the chance to live. Even in circumstances where the baby cannot yet survive prior to “viability”, humane delivery of the baby honors that life while quickly saving the mother’s life, too. Abortion proponents conflate abortion with premature delivery to set up a false narrative in order to justify the “choice” of killing the baby as “health care.”

What abortion proponents won’t tell you is that the vast majority of abortions are NOT done to save the life of the mother; they are elective procedures to abort healthy but “unwanted” babies. Using available data, only 0.2% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother.  Even Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Alan Guttmacher acknowledged in 1967 that, “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.”

Advocating for abortion to saving the mother’s life is a false “choice” used to justify killing another human being.

#2 – Rape – Rape is illegal in all 50 states.  It is violent attack that should never happen.  The available statistics for the number of pregnancies conceived in rape are infinitesimal, less that half of one percent of all pregnancies, according to the most recent data available from the Guttmacher Institute.

When rape results in pregnancy, why is the baby killed?  The immorality of allowing convicted sex offenders to go free perpetuates this crime against humanity yet abortion providers’ answer is simply to kill the innocent baby who wasn’t even there at the time of the crime.

#3 – Incest – Like rape, incest is illegal in all 50 states. Available data on pregnancies conceived through incest is even smaller than that for rape, at 0.01% .  Both the rape and incest “exceptions” dehumanize the unborn victim of abortion and excuses murder based solely on emotional reasons surrounding the child’s conception.

Using available data, the three categories of abortion “exceptions”  taken together (life of the mother, rape and incest) account for three tenths of one percent of all abortions, 0.36% to be more precise.

So, why did former President Trump figuratively throw pro-life candidates under the political bus for the lack luster midterm performance? Fox New suggested a political motive for Trump’s unwarranted attack: “Trump’s attack on pro-life voters comes as support for his 2024 presidential run has plummeted in the polls. Prior to the midterms, Trump was the overwhelming favorite to be the Republican nominee, regularly winning primary polls with upward of 50% of the vote.”

Certainly Team Pro-life can and should unite its messaging to explain why abortion is never an acceptable option; however, chastising pro-life candidates for refusing to capitulate to abortion-on-demand in cases of rape and incest is unnecessarily divisive and politically counterproductive. Trump’s comment is another uninformed, unforced political error unbecoming of a true leader.



Susan Swift Arnall, Esq.

Civil Rights attorney for the Unborn, Wife and Mother of 7. Member California State Bar, SAG/AFTRA.