The President-elect said women may have to leave the states in which they reside to get an abortion in his administration, hinting at an overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Donald Trump said the “pro-life” judges he appoints to the Supreme Court may well overturn the landmark decision legalizing abortion.
“Abortion, if it were ever overturned, it would go back to the states,” he told CBS News’ Lesley Stahl in an interview on “60 Minutes.”
“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” Stahl replied.
“Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go—they’ll have to go to another state,” he said.
“And that’s OK?” Stahl asked.
“Well, we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”
The President-elect said that he would allow the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage to stand because “it’s law.”
“It was settled in the Supreme Court,” he told Stahl. “I mean it’s done.”
Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973 and has been the law of the land for over forty years. Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support abortion access argue that restricting access to the procedure disproportionately harms low-income women and substantially increases the rate of unsafe illegal abortions.