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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWashington Post reporter compares DC rioters to Boston Tea Party Women's march reaches Antarctica Steinem: If Trump creates Muslim registry, we'll all register MORE says the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion created rights that are not in the Constitution.
“The Supreme Court in 1973 based its decision on imagining rights and liberties in the Constitution that are nowhere to be found,” he wrote in the Washington Examiner.
Trump said in the 43 years since Roe v. Wade, American has begun sliding toward “a culture of death.”
“Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Count 43 years ago, over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country,” he wrote.
“They never had the chance to become doctors, musicians, farmers, teachers, husbands, fathers, sons or daughters,” he added. “They never had the chance to enrich the culture of this nation or to bring their skills, lives, loves or passions into the fabric of this country. They are missing, and they are missed.”
The billionaire businessman reiterated his support for abortion exceptions in the cases of rape, incest or threat to the life of the mother.
“Let me be clear — I am pro-life,” Trump wrote. “I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk.
“I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me,” he added.
He also said public funds should not go toward providing abortions, calling the practice an “insult” to those who are against abortion rights.
“Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience at the least and an affront to good governance at best,” he said.
The op-ed comes after tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Washington on Friday to protest the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in the annual March for Life.