Opponents and supporters of abortion rights fixate on the report that Trump is privately pursuing a 16-week ban

Anjali Jain
Election 2024 Trump Abortion

An influential anti-abortion organization is endorsing a published report that Donald Trump has privately expressed his support for a nationwide prohibition on abortions after 16 weeks of pregnancy. However, the report was refuted by Trump’s campaign, which stated that he intends to “negotiate a deal” on the matter if re-elected.
While campaigning, Trump, the leading candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination, has consistently refrained from endorsing any particular restrictions on abortion. However, he has referred to himself as “the most pro-life president in American history.” Additionally, he is often credited with the nomination of three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who assisted in the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the seminal 1973 ruling that instituted a constitutional right to abortion.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an organization that supports a nationwide prohibition on abortions beginning at 15 weeks of gestation and has stated that any stance less stringent “does not make sense,” lauded Trump on Friday, in response to a New York Times report that he had been privately expressing support for a federal ban on abortions after 16 weeks, with certain exceptions.

“President Trump is at the forefront of the national effort to reach a consensus,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America.
For abortion care, one in every five patients travels out of state.
The Trump campaign referred to the article as “Fake News” but declined to elaborate on his intentions.
Karloline Leavitt, the national press secretary for Trump’s campaign, said in a statement, “As President Trump has stated, he would sit down with both sides and negotiate a deal that will satisfy all.”
The Times report was hurled at by Democrats and abortion rights organizations, with President Joe Biden stating that it demonstrated abortion rights would be a central issue in the 2024 election. Trump, according to him, was “running scared” by failing to declare publicly his stance on abortion.
Biden said in a statement, “He is afraid that the American women will hold him accountable for eliminating and endangering their rights in November at the polls.” “That is precisely what is going to occur.”
Consistently, the majority of Americans hold the view that abortion should be lawful during the early phases of pregnancy, according to polling. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted last June found that roughly half of U.S. adults believed abortions should be legalized at the 15-week mark.
While Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America expressed support for Trump on Friday, the organization and the former president were in a public dispute a year ago over his suggestion that state governments should determine abortion restrictions. Such a position, according to the organization, is “morally indefensible for a self-proclaimed pro-life presidential candidate.”
Prominent abortion rights organizations issued a stern warning on Friday, anticipating that a November victory by Trump would result in nationwide restrictions.
Trump, if elected, will “wreak further havoc on our reproductive rights and personal liberties,” according to Planned Parenthood Votes executive director Jenny Lawson.
Lawson said in a statement, “We have long known that Donald Trump’s stance on abortion is in opposition to that of the majority of Americans.” “Despite claiming to seek a ‘compromise’ on this matter, he is primarily accountable for the persistent public health crisis that has prompted 21 states to outright ban abortions or restrict them to certain methods.” To be explicit, the fundamental right to control one’s life and body cannot be compromised.
The 2022 overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court resulted in a patchwork of state abortion laws across the nation.
Beyond expressing support for exceptions to abortion restrictions in cases of rape, incest, and to safeguard the life of the mother, the former president has remained ambiguous regarding his reelection platform. He expressed disapproval of a six-week prohibition on abortion signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and stated in an autumn interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it is irrelevant to him whether states or the federal government prohibit the procedure.
“I want to achieve something that makes people happy,” Trump stated during a town hall on Fox News in January.
The position of Trump regarding abortion has evolved over time. “In every way,” he stated in a 1999 interview. “I am pro-choice.” Conversely, during his 2016 presidential campaign, when he sought crucial evangelical Republican support, he published a list of potential Supreme Court nominees deemed likely to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The fact that he attempted to reach a compromise indicates how difficult the issue is for Trump and the majority of Republican candidates. Many Republican primary voters consider the stance of prohibiting or severely restricting abortion to be virtually non-negotiable. However, this position has proven to be unsuccessful in general elections ever since the Supreme Court’s decision almost two years ago.
A portion of the right’s initial response to the New York Times article illustrated the challenge that Trump and other Republicans faced in attempting to navigate the issue.
The abortion-opposing organization Students for Life Action issued a statement in which it expressed skepticism toward the report but added, “We do want to hear from President Trump, as his incoming administration has the potential to make significant changes to administrative policies and appointments.”
A limit on abortion at 16 weeks, according to the organization’s president, Kristan Hawkins, would permit many abortions and “will not make anyone happy.”
In Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, and South Dakota, among others, the issue is anticipated to appear on the ballot this year, following a nationwide effort to place abortion rights questions on the ballot following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion forces have attempted to prevent the questions from appearing on the ballots in a number of campaigns, expanding on tactics observed in other states, including Ohio last year.
Prior to this election, voters in seven states (California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, and Vermont) supported abortion rights on the ballot.
Fernando provided an update from Chicago. Will Weissert, an Associated Press writer based in Washington, made a contribution to this report.
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