Wednesday 1 May 2024

Trump Says His Stance On Prosecuting Women For Abortion Is ‘Totally Irrelevant’: ‘States Are Going To Make Those Decisions’

 Whether women are prosecuted for aborting their unborn children should be left up to the states, and it’s “totally irrelevant” if a president is “comfortable” with such laws, according to former President Donald Trump.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interviewed by Time Magazine for a feature article published Tuesday morning that focuses on what Trump’s agenda would be if he wins a second term in the White House. During a portion of the interview, the Time reporter focused on abortion, an issue that could have major implications in the upcoming election.

Asked about his specific position on prosecuting women who abort their unborn children, Trump told Time that those questions should be reserved for each state.

“The states are going to say. It’s irrelevant whether I’m comfortable or not. It’s totally irrelevant, because the states are going to make those decisions,” said Trump. “And by the way, Texas is going to be different than Ohio. And Ohio is going to be different than Michigan. I see what’s happening.”

The former president added that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was a huge victory because it “was all about bringing it back to the states.”

“Every legal scholar, Democrat, Republican, and other wanted that issue back at the states. You know, Roe v. Wade was always considered very bad law,” he said.

Trump was then asked about his previous criticism of Florida’s six-week abortion limitation when he said the law is “a terrible mistake” and was pressed on how he would vote as a resident of Florida on the abortion referendum that will be on the state’s ballot in November.

“Well, I said I thought six weeks is too severe. You know, I’ve said that previously. I think it was a semi-controversial statement when I made it, and it’s become less and less controversial with time,” Trump said, adding that he believes Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis “was hurt very badly” politically when he signed the six-week limitations into law.

Trump said he would not reveal how he would vote on the abortion referendum, which, if passed, would make Florida another extreme pro-abortion state, allowing abortion up until viability, which is roughly between 20-25 weeks.


Earlier this month, Trump released a statement on his abortion stance, where he said that “states will determine by vote or legislation or perhaps both, and whatever they decide must be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state.” Days later, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a 160-year-old abortion law that protected unborn babies from nearly all abortions, and Trump was critical of the decision allowing the 1864 law to go into effect.

“The Supreme Court in Arizona went too far on their Abortion Ruling, enacting and approving an inappropriate Law from 1864. So now the Governor and the Arizona Legislature must use HEART, COMMON SENSE, and ACT IMMEDIATELY, to remedy what has happened,” Trump wrote. “Remember, it is now up to the States and the Good Will of those that represent THE PEOPLE. We must ideally have the three Exceptions for Rape, Incest, and Life of the Mother. This is important! Democrats are the EXTREMISTS – They support Abortion up to the moment of birth, and even execution of Babies, in some cases, after birth. This should not be. Arizona Legislature, please act as fast as possible!”

The GOP-controlled Arizona House passed a bill last week by a four-vote margin to repeal the abortion law as three Republicans joined all Democrats in support of the legislation. The abortion ban repeal is now in the hands of the state Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans.

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