Former President Donald Trump declined to say whether he supported banning abortions beyond six weeks into the presidency, but noted that the Florida law signed by rival Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) was “very tough” — adding to the dodgy nature of abortion. Trump’s stance on abortion as the 2024 GOP presidential domain remains divided on the issue.
Trump told The Messenger in an interview published Monday when asked if he supported Florida’s restrictive new law, which Trump noted is considered “very tough” by “many people within the United States.” pro-life movement.
“A lot of people don’t even know if he knows what he’s doing,” Trump added, referring to DeSantis.
Trump also takes credit for reversing Roe v. Wade, telling the outlet “No one else could have done that but me… I was able to do it.” [by nominating]
Three excellent judges,” repeating a claim he made during a meeting with CNN last week.
Trump was similarly noncommittal about his stance on abortion during the CNN event, declining to say whether he would support a federal ban on abortion, while claiming that reversing Roe v. Wade gave the pro-life movement “negotiating power” when it comes to future abortion legalization.
During the two interviews, Trump said he supported exceptions to the abortion ban, including for rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, and reiterated his claim that “extremists are people who will kill a baby at the end of the ninth month or even after birth.”
GOP presidential candidate and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has also refused to endorse a federal abortion ban, telling CBS Sunday that passing legislation banning abortions after a certain gestational age is not politically realistic. “In order to do a national standard, you have to have a majority in the House, 60 votes in the Senate and a president. We haven’t had 60 pro-life members in 100 years,” she said. It does see a federal role in abortion, however, and will aim to “save as many lives as possible and help as many mothers as possible” if a president is elected.
69%. That’s the percentage of Americans who are dissatisfied with the country’s abortion laws — a record high, according to a Gallup poll in February. Nearly half, 46%, said they wanted the laws to be less stringent, while only 15% said they wanted stricter ones.
DeSantis, who has not yet declared his presidential candidacy but is widely expected to announce his candidacy in the coming weeks, signed Florida’s six-week abortion ban into law in April, though it will only go into effect if the Supreme Court rejects it. challenge it. The current 15 weeks for the state to work its way through the legal process. The GOP has largely failed to reach a consensus when it comes to abortion restrictions, and party leaders, including Trump, have attributed the lettering issue to losses in the 2022 midterm elections. Rona McNeil, chair of the Republican National Committee, said last month, “ State your position,” while describing the issue as “a crucial message we must get out before 2024.” Sen. Tim Scott (R.C.), who is also considering a presidential run, recently said he supports a 20-week abortion ban. The 2024 GOP presidential candidate, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, supports federal bans, with some exceptions, though he signed a state law in 2021 that makes for near-total bans, without exceptions, for rape and incest.
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