Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and one of his top White House advisors, officially “came out” this week as being “pro-life, and unapologetically so.”
“I respect all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,” Ivanka told RealClearPolitics when asked about abortion. “But I am also a mother of three children, and parenthood affected me in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things.”
“I am pro-life, and unapologetically so,” the White House advisor added.
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A White House aide later explained that Ivanka’s pro-life stance is both a personal belief and a response to the extreme position Democrats have taken on abortion. The aide said that for a “huge driving part of” Ivanka’s pro-life stance is because of “where the Democratic Party has gone.”
In this interview, Ivanka said that she is “a pragmatist when it comes to everything,” going on to say that she sees herself as a “Trump-Republican.”
“I think a lot of these labels, to be quite honest, are really limiting in terms of what you call yourself or how you identify, but I don’t reject that label at all,” she said.
There has long been speculation about whether or not Ivanka is pro-life ever since reports of a secret meeting with then-Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards circulated in 2017. Ivanka’s adamant pro-life statement in this interview should put any doubts as to where she stands on this issue to rest.
Later in the discussion, Ivanka lamented how Americans have let politics divide us. she has no problem with people disagreeing with her politically, she just wishes it didn’t get so personal.
“One of the things that we’ve lost in this nation is an ability to respectfully disagree and debate,” Ivanka said. “Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are great examples of two people who represented totally different ends of the ideological spectrum and yet were the best of friends and were able to come together and have civilized disagreements and arguments.”