Trump Hints At His Support for 15-week National Abortion Ban

( – Former President Donald Trump is floating the possibility of a 15-week federal ban on abortion if re-elected to the White House, save for certain exceptions, such as for incest, rape, and saving the mother’s life if compromised by pregnancy.

On Tuesday, March 19, Trump called into WABC’s “Sid & Friends in the Morning” for a radio interview and gave a relatively moderate national abortion ban proposal that would restrict the procedure to 15 weeks. Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, this is the closest Trump has come to saying he would support federal restrictions.

Heading into the 2024 presidential election, abortion and reproductive rights will become one of the most heavily debated subjects for voters, along with the border and foreign aid spending. And Trump’s position on the issue will be a tough sell for both sides as he tries to defeat President Joe Biden in the much-anticipated rematch. Liberals will doubtlessly view such a national ban as too extreme, while conservatives are likely to view it as not extreme enough.

Trump said during the interview, though, that 15 weeks seems to be what most “are agreeing on,” including many “hard-liners.” He clarified that he supports making exceptions for the restriction in cases where the mother’s life may be in danger from pregnancy or cases of rape and incest. Trump said most Republicans support these exceptions.

The former president said he has to try and take a more moderate position on the issue of abortion because, at the end of the day, candidates “have to win elections.” Trump said if no compromises are made at all, then “you’d be right back where you started.”

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in 2022 to overturn Roe v. Wade, the ball was returned to each state’s court. While almost two dozen states have enacted restrictions or outright bans, other states have loosened restrictions, and the issue has become one of the most polarizing in the country. It will surely be a deciding issue for many voters.

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