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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

 

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The Pope’s new text: Controversy at the Vatican

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«Amoris Leatitia», the Pope’s new text concerning the family, has been published this morning. This book is focused on the divorce, and on the organisation of the family in the Christian faith.

Subjects on a similar matter, such as the homosexuals, are avoided. In this two hundred page text, the Pope attempts to conciliate modern with tradition. Indeed, concerning the divorce, for example, the Pope doesn’t give a clear answer on whether remarried people should get a communion or not.

This lack of clarity is mainly due to the most conservative religious for whom the divorce goes against Christian values such as the unbreakable vow of marriage.

Furthermore, concerning the question of homosexuals, because of its place in the Christian religion, the Pope doesn’t say much about it. However, the Pope does strike with some modernity. Indeed, whereas homosexuality remains a taboo, the situation of the intimacy in a couple evolves a little in this new text. Apparently, the word «eroticism» is even mentioned, this new and modern approach could most certainely lead to an opening of minds.

At last, « Amoris Leatitia » provokes many reactions among Christians: conservative religious don’t appreciate the modernity of the text, whereas others see it as an opening towards a society which is constantly evolving.

 

Nadja Taieb, IEJ 1bis