Trump Changes Direction On Abortion

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, former President Trump dodged a question about whether he would consider signing a national 15-week abortion ban as 2024 Republican contenders are expected to clarify their position on abortion access on a federal level.

In an interview with New Hampshire-based WMUR, Trump was asked if he would consider signing Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) proposed 15-week ban if he was elected into office again. In response, Trump said that this would be something that he would look into. He continued by touting his efforts in nominating three conservative justices which is what ultimately led to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the abortion question to each individual state. During the interview, Trump specifically said, “We’ll get something done where everyone is going to be very satisfied.”

When asked again about what action would be taken on a national level, the former president said that “on some level” things would get done, but that it might require several different levels in order for the issue to be completely taken care of.

Earlier this month, Trump was criticized by an anti-abortion group for stating in his campaign statement that the abortion question needed to be handled on a state level.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, pointed out that this is a case of the right to live or not, which extends beyond being a state right.

Trump is not the only current or possible GOP candidate in the 2024 presidential election that has been asked about their position. Former Vice President Mike Pence claimed that he would “welcome a minimum national standard in Washington, D.C., 15 weeks.”