Write a Letter to the Editor on Trump's Dangerous Positions on Abortion

  • Context

    In the aftermath of a recent headline in The New York Times that seemingly underplays the gravity of Donald Trump's positions on abortion, it’s imperative to delve deeper into the explicit threats Trump poses to reproductive freedom and make sure that voters understand that when it comes to reproductive freedom, Trump is no moderate. 

    Amid the seemingly innocuous headline, "Why Trump Seems Less Vulnerable on Abortion Than Other Republicans" and other recent media coverage that suggests Trump is moderate when it comes to reproductive freedom, there is a clear disconnect with the stark reality of Trump's stance. What might be dismissed as vagueness is, in fact, a calculated effort to obfuscate a record that includes advocating for punishment for women who undergo abortions and fervently championing a national abortion ban.

    Donald Trump's influence on the composition of the Supreme Court, with a boastful acknowledgment of overturning Roe v. Wade, underscores the profound shift in the judiciary's dynamics. Far from being vague, his statements such as, "I’m the one who got rid of Roe v. Wade," and ambiguous positions on a 6-week national abortion ban, indicate a deliberate assault on reproductive rights.

    Trump's positions on abortion are clear and the impact is life-threatening.

    Write a letter to the editor now to set the record straight and inform your neighbors about Donald Trump’s true position on abortion.

  • Talking Points

    Misleading Headline: The New York Times ran a misleading headline suggesting Trump's seeming invulnerability on abortion. Other media across the country also has suggested recently that Trump’s position on abortion is moderate. The truth is that his positions on our reproductive freedom are clear and extreme.

    Trump's Explicit Statements: Trump advocated for punishment for women having abortions, showing a clear stance. He called for a national abortion ban and took credit for extreme 6-week bans across the country.

    Judicial Appointments: Trump appointed one-third of Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade, as he promised. These appointments reflect right-wing ideologues out of touch with public opinion.

    Trump's Boasts about overturning Roe: Trump boasts about appointing justices and overturning Roe v. Wade at every opportunity. His quote, "I’m the one who got rid of Roe v. Wade," emphasizes his active role in this decision.

    Potential 6-Week Abortion Ban: Trump's statement on a 6-week national abortion ban lacks commitment and raises concerns. The uncertainty in his position is concerning given the potential impact on reproductive rights.

    Previous Advocacy for a National Abortion Ban: Trump, during his tenure, supported a national abortion ban that could have criminalized doctors, putting them in jail.

    Campaign Spokesperson's Confirmation: Trump's campaign spokesperson affirms his commitment to pro-life actions, including nominating judges to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Responsibility of Media: The New York Times has a duty to inform voters about the stakes of the 2024 election. The media should report Trump's actual statements and actions on abortion rather than creating misleading headlines.

    Deadly Consequences: Trump's commitment to overturning Roe and criminalizing abortion has life-threatening consequences. The New York Times and other media should prioritize informing the public about the real risks associated with Trump's extreme stance.

    Call for Accountability: We all have a responsibility to inform voters of Trump's true, extreme record on this critical issue.

    Repetition of Trump's Stance: Despite any perceived vulnerability, Trump has consistently communicated his stance on reproductive freedom. It is crucial for voters to take his words seriously and understand the potential impact on their rights.

  • Writing Tips

    Focus on one topic. If you have two, write a second letter.

    Obey those word count limits. If your letter gets long, write a second letter.

    Be clear and concise—you only have around 200 words or less to make your point.

    Be yourself. You don’t need to talk like an academic or a policy expert. Remember, you’re a smart, passionate constituent who’s paying attention, one who other constituents might identify with—and that’s the most powerful thing you can be.

    For more letter writing tips, check out this resource.

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