By now, most Americans on social media are aware that Alabama passed an anti-abortion law that bans nearly all abortions and makes no exemptions for victims of rape or incest.
Alabama’s law is the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the United States.
Although Alabama’s abortion ban is a state issue, the law has triggered a nationwide debate over abortion rights and will undoubtedly be a major focus of discussion during the 2020 presidential election cycle.
Like seemingly hundreds of thousands of Americans have done this past week, President Trump took to Twitter to explain his views on abortion. Although Trump did not specifically mention Alabama by name, he appeared to distance himself from Alabama’s new anti-abortion law by restating his longstanding position that abortion should be legal for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
Trump tweeted that he is “strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother.” Trump added that his position on abortion is the “same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”
In a second tweet, Trump criticized Democrats for what many believe is a rapidly increasingly far-left position on abortion. Trump said that the “Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue.”
Many high-profile celebrities have voiced their frustration with Alabama’s anti-abortion law. Migos rapper Offset, in a poorly spelled tweet, compared the law to “slavory” [sic].
Rapper Travis Scott, who is good friends with Offset, told a crowd at a music festival in Alabama last week that he would be donating all of his merchandise sale profits from that show to Planned Parenthood.