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“Trump Owns This”: On the Airwaves, Women Slam Trump’s Attacks on Reproductive Health Care

"If this is not a topic that you think is going to touch you or doesn't touch you currently, it absolutely will.”


From President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign:

“Trump Owns This”: On the Airwaves, Women Slam Trump’s Attacks on Reproductive Health Care

Since Donald Trump overturned Roe v. Wade, we’ve seen countless horrifying stories of women being forced to wait until they are at the brink of death or faced with terrifying health complications before receiving the care they need. Because of Trump, one in three women of reproductive age are living under extreme abortion bans – a fact that he is “proud” of.

This week, as the Supreme Court weighs a case concerning whether doctors and nurses across the country will have the ability to provide life-saving reproductive health care, patients who have been denied access to critical reproductive health care, elected officials, and activists are speaking out against Donald Trump’s attacks on reproductive freedom and mobilizing to reelect President Biden and Vice President Harris this November.

Here are a few examples of what they had to say:

On CNN, Kaitlyn Kash, a woman denied health care because of Trump’s abortion ban in Texas:

KAITLYN KASH: “When I started trying for a second baby, I just never in my wildest dreams imagined that I’d end up here talking with you and really begging the American people to hear what’s happening in Texas and to make sure that we reelect President Biden this fall. … Between my first and second child I lost three very wanted pregnancies, and I almost died after the birth of my daughter. I would not be here today without abortion, and the other reproductive health care that they gave me. Over the last two years, I’ve had to flee my home state to receive a surgical abortion. I’ve needed a medical abortion. I’ve used IVF and I needed a D&C procedure after the birth of my daughter to save my life from postpartum hemorrhage. And all of these are basic health care that women deserve that are currently under attack at things like the Supreme Court, state legislatures, you know, and it’s just… it’s a continued state of defeat to hear things like what’s happening in the Supreme Court today, knowing that my life doesn’t matter.”

On CNN, Biden-Harris 2024 National Advisory Board Member Governor Maura Healey:

GOV. HEALEY: “One in three women in America today live with an abortion ban. Why do 20 states and counting ban abortion or nearly ban abortion? It’s because of Donald Trump. Donald Trump created that court, he brags about overturning Roe, and since that Dobbs decision, we’ve seen state after state legislature enact draconian, extremist bans. Donald Trump created this. He did this. He owns this. And what we know from today is that Donald Trump is also responsible for women having to be airlifted out of the state of Idaho because they have been forced to the brink of death and life-altering medical conditions because of a draconian ban. This is Donald Trump and as we face November, the stakes could not be more clear. … Anyone who cares about this needs to go out and work hard and vote and work to elect Joe Biden.”

On ABC, Kaitlyn Joshua, a woman was denied necessary medical care because of Trump’s abortion ban in Louisiana:

KAITLYN JOSHUA: “Another hospital basically just told me they would send me home with prayers, but were not able to medically diagnose a miscarriage… Abortion is absolutely on the ballot this year. If this is not a topic that you think is going to touch you or doesn’t touch you currently, it absolutely will.”

On NBC, Jennifer Adkins, a woman whose health was put at risk because of Idaho’s abortion laws:

JENNIFER ADKINS: “[Doctors] said we’re surprised that you’re still pregnant. Given the severity of what we’re seeing on the ultrasound, most people would have miscarried by now. I was just in total, total shock. … They said because we’re in Idaho, there really aren’t any [options] for you. … It’s scary and it continues to get scarier just knowing what the state of maternal care is in our state right now. It’s like walking on eggshells.”

On MSNBC, Dr. Dara Kass, an emergency medicine physician:

DR. KASS: “It is gut wrenching to watch someone continue to bleed in front of you when you know what to do but you can’t do it because you are afraid that you A) will get arrested but B,) you will do it and it won’t work because it is too late. At the end of the day, it is time to stop interfering, stop letting politicians get in the middle of the emergency department and patient care and just say we want to do our jobs and save people’s lives.”

On MSNBC, President of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson:

ALEXIS MCGILL JOHNSON: We need to reelect President Biden and Vice President Harris. We need to ensure that they get a Senate majority… and House majority that will allow them to pass federal legislation and to let everyone know that if we do not do that, we are going to go even further backwards with a national abortion ban that… former President Trump has tried to walk back from, but we know where he stands on these issues.”

On MSNBC, Arizona State Senator Eva Burch:

SEN. BURCH: “I thought it was so important to cut through some of the stigma that exists about who seeks abortion services and about who the abortion patient is. I felt like the wrong people were controlling the conversation. I wanted to cut through that and to really expand the conversation and have a more honest look at what abortion care means to people in Arizona and across this country. … We also have to be very mindful we are electing pro-choice candidates in November because we have to have a legislature that is pro-choice or else we are not going to have rights available to us in this state. It’s going to continue to erode the same way it has been for decades under Republican leadership in Arizona.”

On MSNBC, President of Reproductive Freedom for All Mini Timmaraju:

MINI TIMMARAJU: “Ultimately, I think it’s really important – two things to take away from the moment we’ve had today. One: 86% of Americans support emergency access to abortion. Recent polling by Kaiser. 86% of Americans, a wide range of Americans to make up that number. And that this is a national case. This has national implications. And, you know, our Republican friends are really fond of pointing out exceptions. The Idaho council kept pointing to the Idaho exceptions. EMTALA could really be viewed as the ultimate national exception to an abortion ban. And yet here we have Idaho in court arguing and fighting back against a very simple, clear-cut emergency case of abortion care. And that’s frightening and chilling.”


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