Trump bets abortion stance will not cost votes on right

by ian

Despite the rather heated reactions to his statement on abortion, former President Donald Trump is making a bold assumption that it won’t really matter anyway.

Unsurprisingly, Trump took time with his announcement on abortion due to the hot-button nature of the topic. Since the Supreme Court vacated Roe v. Wade protections in 2022, most Republicans have made it their intention to throw open support behind abortion bans after a set amount of weeks.

But since then, other aspects of abortion law have caused some division even within the Republican Party. This includes rulings on in vitro fertilization and the possibility of a nationwide abortion ban.

Now, enter Trump. In his speech, which he posted to Truth Social, Trump said that the states should be left to individually determine the law of abortion. He essentially shut down the thought that, if reelected, he might try implementing a national ban.

This was a particular sting for pro-life organizations. The President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America released a statement in which she said her organization is “deeply disappointed in President Trump’s position,” saying there needs to be “national protections” for unborn children and their mothers.

A similar position was expressed by Live Action president and founder Lila Rose, who said in a press release that it isn’t “right for democratic societies to vote on the fundamental rights of unpopular minorities. There is no more unpopular minority today than preborn Americans.”

It also doesn’t help that, just last month, Trump said he would be interested in the possibility of a national 15-week abortion ban. It is exactly that sort of perceived flip-flopping on the abortion message that Democrats may try to exploit in the coming election.

Only hours after Trump’s video was released, the Biden administration launched a new advertisement in battleground states blaming Trump for confusion and chaos regarding the abortion situation.

But Trump is running with the assumption that his role in ending Roe v. Wade will help carry him over the line. As he reaffirmed in his video and many times before, Trump said he was “proudly responsible” for the defeat of Roe v. Wade. He then told Americans to “follow their heart” on the issue, and that winning elections can spark more change.