U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appeared on CBS’s weekly TV newsmagazine 60 Minutes, and in his hour-long parley with interviewer Leslie Stahl, confirmed his stance on a number of issues — including abortion, same-sex marriage and the rise in hate crimes reported since his victory.
“I am saddened to hear that,” he told Stahl about the hate crimes. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say it right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.’”
He went on: “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible because I’m going to bring this country together.”
And one of those strategies of unity will be to turn back reproductive rights for the nation’s women. While Trump’s campaign trail made it clear what his views on abortion are, his interview Sunday verified them.
“If (Roe v. Wade) ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” Trump said.
Stahl followed up: “But then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?”
“Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go — they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump said.
“And that’s okay?” Stahl asked.
“Well, we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “It’s got a long way to go.”
Trump’s method would be to fight Roe v. Wade — a Supreme Court precedent for 43 years — through judicial appointments.
"They’ll be pro-life, they’ll be — in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the Second Amendment and everybody’s talking about the Second Amendment and they’re trying to dice it up and change it, they’re going to be very pro-Second Amendment," Trump said, speaking of appointing “pro-life” judges to the Supreme Court.
His running mate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, said in a town hall meeting earlier this year, “We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
However, Julie Rikelman, litigation director at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Vox, “I do not believe that it is likely that Roe v. Wade would be overturned.”
“Roe v. Wade has now been the law of the land for over 40 years,” she continued. “It has lasted through a number of anti-choice administrations, including those who vowed to put justices on the court that would overturn Roe v. Wade. And in those over 40 years, many cases have come up to the Supreme Court where there was a request for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, but it wasn't.”
On the issue of gay marriage, however, Trump’s response was vastly different.
“It was already settled. It’s law,” Trump said. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. ... I’m fine with that.”