What is Donald Trump's personal life like

Donald Trump will be the first US President to personally take part in the "March for Life" on Friday. He is hoping for a tailwind for his election campaign. Meanwhile, his party argues about how to proceed with the abortion.

It is a first: US President Donald Trump wants to give a speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters of the life protection movement at the 47th "March for Life" on Friday. This time he did not send the demonstrators a video, but took part personally in the rally in Washington. The head of the organizing team, Jeanne Mancini, can hardly contain her enthusiasm. Trump is a "consistent advocate of life," she says of him.

Mancini and her colleagues praise the appointment of conservative judges, the cut in taxpayers' money for abortions at home and abroad, and the campaign against late abortions as merits of the Trump administration. "We are grateful for that and hope for more victories for life in the future," said the activists.

Is Trump abusing the life protection movement for his own ends?

The president is hoping for a victory in the November elections. In contrast to his Republican predecessors in office, he tries quite openly to use the life protection movement for his political purposes. While other presidents deliberately kept their distance to prevent further social polarization, Trump is making the question of abortion a hot topic in the race for the White House.

Republican states have recently rekindled the debate with so-called heartbeat laws. In essence, these aim to ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat can be measured in the fetus. But some regulations go further. Alabama passed law in 2019 that almost completely bans abortion. A federal court stopped the entry into force on the grounds that the strict regulations violated the constitution. However, a little later Ohio enacted a similar law. Other states are pushing similar plans.

Some Republicans are critical of this development. Their concern: Overly strict laws could ultimately not stand up in court and thus endanger the actual goal of overturning the basic judgment "Roe v. Wade" of 1973. At that time, the US Supreme Court had largely legalized abortion.

Not all Republicans are in favor of the fight against abortion

In the end, the anti-abortionists could "look foolish", fears the legal advisor of the organization National Right to Life, James Bopp. The new strict regulations against abortion had no chance of being accepted by lower courts, nor could the Supreme Court be brought to deal with "Roe v. Wade" again in this way.

In any case, not all Republicans are unanimously on board when it comes to the political fight against abortion. In a recent article for the Guardian, suffragette Danielle Campoamor drew the attention of conservative senators who are seeking re-election this year. You all know that, according to recent polls, a majority of the US population is in favor of legal abortions.

The example of South Carolina shows that the strategy of legally restricting abortion as far as possible is controversial among Republicans. Liberal and conservative party members have been arguing over a new law there for months. Trump has so far held back. So far, he has left it open whether he is more close to the strictly conservative anti-abortion opponents among the Republicans or to the moderate wing. That should also be part of his campaign strategy.

By Thomas Spang