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Anti-abortion advocates at WMU weren’t aware that Trump had announced an abortion policy

A man stands behind a giant anti-abortion sign as he talks to students on campus.  Most of the students are heckling him, politely.
Leona Larson
Joel Curry is an anti-abortion advocate who traveled from Norton Shores to join a Wisconsin-based anti-abortion group demonstrating at WMU on April 8. The group is expected to be at MSU April 9, and UM on April 11.

Donald Trump’s abortion policy disappointed some anti-abortion advocates, including some who were in Kalamazoo on April 8.

Throughout the primary, Donald Trump has been evasive when questioned about abortion. In a statement released Monday on Truth Social, he was much clearer than previous statements. Trump did not push for a national ban.

“My view is now that we have abortion where everyone wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation, or perhaps both. And whatever they decide must be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state,” Trump said in the video.

When the announcement came, a Wisconsin-based, anti-abortion group was setting up on Western Michigan University’s campus. Amid angry shouts of “my body my choice” from students gathering to watch the eclipse, it was clear members of the group weren’t paying attention to news alerts on their smart phone. Armed with giant signs and pamphlets, Trump’s announcement was clearly a surprise.

“Uff. Aww... I am not sure,” said Hannah Horien, who traveled from Wisconsin to Kalamazoo to demonstrate on three Michigan college campuses this week.

“You know I haven’t read it yet so I don’t know how I feel about that.”

But Joel Curry, from Norton Shores near Muskegon, knew how he felt. Holding a giant anti-abortion sign and pamphlets, Curry said he’s not pleased with the Trump announcement.

An anti-abortionist borrows a WMU students eclipse glasses to look at the solar eclipse on April 8.
Leona Larson
A WMU student who was debating abortion rights with anti-abortion activist Joel Curry, from Norton Shores, loans him her eclipse glasses so he can safely look at the eclipse on April 8.

“I don’t think he’s a Christian. I think he needs... he needs to repent. He says he had nothing to repent for and until that changes I don’t think he’s a Christian.”

Curry added that he voted for Trump in 2016, but not in 2020.

In the video, Trump took credit for overturning Roe v. Wade. And said he was “proudly the person responsible” for the Supreme court’s decision.

When he was in the White house, Trump appointed three conservative justices to the high court. As a result, the Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative supermajority.

Leona has worked as a journalist for most of her life - in radio, print, television and as journalism instructor. She has a background in consumer news, special projects and investigative reporting.