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Donald Trump declares he is against late-term abortion

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Donald Trump criticized last week the late-term interruptions of pregnancy. His goal is to rally support beyond his most conservative base before the 2020 elections.

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Donald Trump anti-abortion in third semester
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Trump wants to deliver a new battle: the one over abortion. The President of the United States plans to attack late-term interruptions of pregnancy. In his speech of last Tuesday evening, Donald Trump attacked a law that has been recently adopted by the state of New York. He declared that this law “will pull a baby from the womb of his mother just before birth”. He added that he wants to “defend the dignity of each person”.

Despite their rarity, late interruptions of pregnancy give rise to strong reprobation. According to a Gallup poll, 60% of Americans believe that abortion must be legal in the first trimester of pregnancy, but the proportion drops to 28% in the second quarter and 13% in the third.

Donald Trump apparently chose the perfect time before next elections to address this subject. Even if the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 and 57% of Americans are in favor of abortion, this subject divides a lot. Jo-Renee Formicola, a politic-sciences teacher explains that Donald Trump already has a lot of support among Evangelicals and Catholics. 59% of Republicans consider that abortion should be illegal and 76% of Democrats think the opposite.

Abortion might be the topic that divides the United States the most.

Pauline Knaff, IEJ2C

 

Toronto : John Tory ends the Rob Ford era

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The moderate conservative candidate became the 65th mayor of the city of Toronto last night. He won 40% of the votes, ahead of Doug Ford and Olivia Chow.

PHOTO CHRIS YOUNG, LA PRESSE CANADIENNE
Photo Chris Young, LA PRESSE CANADIENNE

The former mayor, controversial Rob Ford, announced a month ago that he would not seek re-election as he receives treatment for a rare form of abdominal cancer. He did however win a council seat at home, in the Etobicoke district.

After the elections, Ford gave a hint about his future ambitions, saying that “In four more years, [we]’re going to see another example of the Ford family never, ever, ever giving up“.

Last year, the former mayor has been involved in a drug abuse scandal, widely broadcasted on both national and international media. He entered a drug rehabilitation program earlier this year to help him with his addiction.

Former mayor John Ford
Former mayor John Ford

Marie Rolin, IEJ 3E