Former President Donald Trump is pledging to consider what seems to be a nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy, should he be re-elected to a second term in 2024.
During a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump told WMUR-TV his campaign is “looking at a lot of different options” on abortion, considerations that arose after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision granting nationwide legal coverage for abortion.
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“We’ll get something done where everyone is going to be very satisfied,” the former president said. “I think we’ll get it done on some level, it could be on different levels, but we’re gonna get it done. I know the issue very well. I think I know the issue better than most, and we will get that taken care of.”
His comments this week mark a departure from what he indicated last week, which was that abortion is a states’ rights issue and should be left to legislators on the state level, following the overturning of Roe.
That sparked a response from the pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. In a statement late last week, the group condemned Trump’s characterization of the Supreme Court’s decision as a “completely inaccurate reading” of the issue, with the organization’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, condemning his view as “a morally indefensible position for a self-proclaimed pro-life presidential candidate to hold.”
Trump, currently the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, has also touted the three conservative-leaning Supreme Court justices he nominated to the bench during his first term in office. Without those three appointments, Roe very likely would not have been overturned.
The former president’s comments come just days after he put abortion and the pro-life cause centerstage at a campaign appearance at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“I will stand proudly in defense of innocent life, just as I did for four very powerful, strong years, because every child — born and unborn — is a sacred gift from God,” Trump said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a likely competitor for the GOP presidential nomination, has also spoken out and taken action against abortion.
In mid-April, DeSantis signed the Heartbeat Protection Act into law. The statewide ban will take effect once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which generally occurs about six week into pregnancy. As CBN News reported, the legislation will only take effect if the Supreme Court upholds Florida’s 15-week ban on abortion.
Trump has not commented specifically on DeSantis’ pro-life actions.
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