MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Trump administration is taking shape less than a week after election day among those is the topic of the future of abortion in the United States.
Trump says he is pro-life and plans on appointing a conservative justice to the Supreme Court that would reverse Roe v. Wade. The 1973 landmark decision said states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating abortion in the first trimester.
During an interview with CBS’ show ’60 Minutes’ – the first since he was elected as president – Trump said he still has the same plans.
“Are you looking to appoint a justice who is looking to overturn Roe v. Wade,” asked CBS Correspondent Lesley Stahl during the interview which aired Sunday night.
“I’m pro-life. The judges will be pro-life,” responded Trump.“Having to do with abortion, if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states.”
Even if it does go back to the states, some states could choose to ban abortions, forcing women in the state to have to leave it to get an abortion.
“Some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” said Stahl.
“They’ll have to go to another state,” responded Trump.
It’s an issue that has already caused deep divides in the U.S. and here in South Florida.
“As you get more conservative, justices they don’t believe abortion is in the constitution,” Tewannah Aman, Executive Director of Broward Right to Life, told CBS4’s Joan Murray. “So, we don’t believe someone should have the right to an abortion and especially coming from someone who had an abortion at 18.
It’s a stance that makes Elvira Castillo nervous.
“I woke up after the election and I was crying,” said Castillo who is a volunteer at Planned Parenthood and has been a client.
She said she’s heard of horror stories of women in other countries where abortion is illegal.
“My aunt’s cleaning lady had a back alley abortion. They used a hangar. It’s scary. It’s not like someone wakes up and says I’m getting an abortion but it’s there for emergency purposes,” said Castillo.
Mayte Kamino, a program manager of Planned Parenthood said volunteers and donations are surging since the election. One person in Miami wrote a $50,000 check.
“In Florida, it is a hostile environment when it comes to health abortion restrictions every legislative session,” said Kamino.
As for Trump, when asked if he thought it was okay if a woman would have to leave the state to get an abortion, he responded: “It’s got a long way to go.”
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