Trump says abortion law should be determined by states, but refuses to take position on federal limit

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On Monday, former President Trump declined to take a position on a potential federal ban on abortion, saying the fate of the procedure should be left up to individual states.

Trump, in approximately four minutes video published in Truth Social, once again said he was proud to have ended Roe v. Wade by appointing conservative Supreme Court justices, but he did not support any federal abortion legislation, something some conservative groups have pressured him to do.

“My view is that we now have abortion where everyone wanted it from a legal standpoint,” Trump said. “The states will determine by voting or legislation or perhaps both, and what they decide should be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state.”

“Many states will be different. Many will have a different number of weeks or some will have more conservatives than others and that’s how it will be,” she added. “At the end of the day, this all depends on the will of the people. You should follow your heart or, in many cases, your religion or your faith.”

The former president’s statement was his most comprehensive to date on the divisive issue of abortion since he became the presumptive Republican nominee. But he still remained evasive on the question of whether, as president, he would sign a federal law that would limit abortion after a certain number of weeks.

In his statement, Trump referenced the importance of winning elections for Republicans. He had previously blamed the GOP’s rhetoric on abortion for the party’s struggles in the 2022 midterm elections.

“We have to bring our nation back from the brink, and that’s where it is,” he added. “Always follow your heart, but we must win. We have to win.”

Trump reiterated his support for exceptions that allow the procedure in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is at risk. And he said the Republican Party should support procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF), which has been threatened after the end of Roe, which make it easier for Americans to start a family.

And he called Democrats “radical” for supporting abortion “up to the ninth month and even beyond.” President Biden has said he does not support abortion “on demand,” but has pushed to restore Roe v. protections. Wade.

Democrats and Biden campaign officials argued that Trump’s statement embraced ending Roe and siding with states that have imposed harsh limits on abortion.

“Donald Trump supports any and all state abortion bans, including abortion bans with no exceptions. And he brags about his role in creating this hell,” Biden campaign spokesman Ammar Moussa said Monday in response to Trump’s video statement.

At the same time, Trump’s statement drew criticism from prominent anti-abortion activists who argued that his position allows Democrats to set the terms of the national debate on the issue.

“We are deeply disappointed in President Trump’s position. Unborn children and their mothers deserve national protection and national defense against the brutality of the abortion industry. The Dobbs decision clearly allows both states and Congress to act,” Marjorie Dansfeller, director of SBA Pro-Life America, said in a statement.

“Saying that the issue ‘goes back to the states’ cedes the national debate to Democrats who are working tirelessly to enact legislation that mandates abortion during all nine months of pregnancy,” he added. “If they succeed, they will end states’ rights.”

Over the past year, Trump has repeatedly dodged questions when asked whether he would sign a national abortion ban if re-elected, stating instead that he would find a solution to unite the country on an extremely divisive issue.

In recent weeks, she said, there seemed to be a consensus around a federal ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy. TO February survey of The Economist/YouGov found that 48 percent of respondents would support a national ban on abortion after 16 weeks of pregnancy.

At the same time, Trump has repeatedly said he is responsible for ending Roe v. Wade by appointing three conservative Supreme Court justices. The court overturned the landmark decision in a June 2022 ruling that radically altered the abortion landscape.

In the nearly two years since then, GOP-led states have enacted restrictions on the procedure and imposed penalties on doctors who perform it. In Trump’s home state of Florida, a court last week upheld a 15-week ban and allowed a ban after six weeks of pregnancy to take effect after 30 days.

Last September, Trump called the six-week ban a “terrible mistake”, although he has not intervened in the latest judicial decision.

Abortion has been a major motivator for Democratic voters in the nearly two years since the Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion access, and Biden and his campaign have used it as a mobilizing force in the face of the protests. November general elections, which will face Trump.

The Biden campaign has relentlessly warned voters that Trump would sign a national abortion ban and that his administration would restrict access to reproductive health care through agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.

Updated at 8:09 am

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