President Trump says he is against abortion except in certain cases

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    US President Donald Trump says he is against abortion except in cases of rape, incest or a “serious health risk” to the mother, amid controversy over strict new laws passed in several states.

    The BBC reports that he outlined his pro-life views on abortion, seen as a divisive election issue, days after Alabama passed a law banning abortion in almost all cases.

    A pro-choice rally is planned for later today to protest against the new measures.

    Supporters of Alabama’s abortion ban say they expect the law to be blocked in court, but hope that the appeals process will bring it before the US Supreme Court.

    They want the highest court in the land – which now has a conservative majority – to overturn a 1973 ruling making abortion a right across the US.

    Sixteen other states are also seeking to impose new restrictions on abortion.