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February 6, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Memo: Trump Promotes Extreme Anti-Choice Measures As Diversion From Numerous Scandals

Here we go again…Trump Once Again Is Trying To Divert Attention From His Numerous Scandals By Promoting Extreme Anti-Choice Measures

To: Interested Parties
From: NARAL Pro-Choice America
Contact: [email protected]

It’s well known that Trump uses extreme policies and statements to distract from his ongoing and numerous scandals. But there is one diversionary tactic that Trump turns to time and time again when his approval ratings are plummeting: undermining abortion rights and blocking abortion access.

new memo from NARAL Pro-Choice America shows that Trump responds quickly with anti-choice actions when his popularity is sinking and he is most at-risk for alienating his far-right supporters.

The memo gives examples of Trump throwing red meat – including introducing new anti-choice policies designed to harm women and families – to his base during the following failures and scandals:

  • Following the unpopular government shutdown
  • After Democrats took back the house in the 2018 elections
  • Amidst findings that revealed “extensive” Russian conspiracy to elect Trump
  • During the Michael Cohen raids
  • Following breaking news on Stormy Daniels affair and payoff
  • After Republican losses in the 2017 elections
  • Following the release of the Access Hollywood video during his 2016 campaign.

Of course, these distractions are designed to remind Trump’s anti-choice base that they elected Trump so that he would achieve their ultimate goal of criminalizing abortion and punishing women. For the full memo, click here.


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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