Former president Donald Trump’s relaxed approach to abortion didn’t go well with some of the pro-life groups.
Trump Mum on Federal Abortion Ban
Trump has been mum on whether he would sign a federal abortion ban, if elected a president for the second time.
Former President Blamed Abortion Opponents for Republican Losses
He also blamed abortion opponents for Republicans’ 2022 election losses and said he would find a compromise with Democrats, if given a second shot at White House.
Trump Attacks DeSantis
He attacked his opponent Ron DeSantis, who recently signed a 6-week abortion ban in Florida, one of the strictest in the country.
“I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake,” Trump said. “But we’ll come up with a number, but at the same time, Democrats won’t be able to go out at six months, seven months, eight months and allow an abortion.”
“I Would Sit Down With Both Sides and Negotiate Something”
Trump spoke about the issue with Kristin Welker on Meet the Press. During the interview, Walker asked Trump if he would sign a 15-week abortion ban, if elected a president.
“We’ll End up With Peace”
“I would sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I would or I wouldn’t,” Trump said. “I mean, ‘DeSanctus’ is willing to sign a five-week and six-week ban.
Opponents Attack Trump
While Trump’s opponents used his comments as a reason to attack the Republican frontrunner on his position on the fraught issue, anti-abortion groups had a mixed reaction.
DeSantis Gets His Word
“I think all pro-lifers should know that he’s preparing to sell you out,” DeSantis said of Trump’s position.
Some Expect Trump to Still Support National Abortion Ban
According to Politico, some groups say they are willing to give Trump more time to clarify his stance. They expect he will eventually support a national abortion ban.
Others Are Feelings More Upset
Other groups, who are more ruffled by his laissez-faire approach, are considering making a primary endorsement, and redirecting their campaign budget to other races where Republican candidates are more supportive of their cause.
“We Are Willing to Apply Pressure”
“He won’t feel pressure until it’s applied, and we’re willing to apply it,” said Kristi Hamrick, the chief policy strategist with Students for Life of America. “You cannot ignore the human rights issue of our time and still get our vote.”
A 15-Week Ban
Trump didn’t give a definite response on the 15-weeks abortion ban during the recent interview
“Well, people are starting to think of 15 weeks, that seems to be a number that people are talking about right now,” Trump said about the 15-week ban. “I would sit down with both sides, and I’d negotiate something and we’ll end up with peace in that issue for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I would or I wouldn’t.”
$78 Million to Turn Out Anti-abortion Voters
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America told POLITICO that it plans to spend more than the $78 millions to turn out anti-abortion rights voters in 2024.
“He Will Need Republicans”
“Looking at a general, he’s going to need all Republicans to come home if he’s going to beat Joe Biden,” Billy Valentine, SBA’s vice president of political affairs, said. “He’s going to need the base in order to win ultimately, and he’s going to need a clear position. In the absence of a clear position, the Democrats are going to define him.”
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