Trump: States Should Decide on Abortion Laws

( – Former President Donald Trump released a statement clarifying his position on abortion at last in which he expressed support for continuing to allow the individual states to determine legislation on the matter.

Trump made the announcement on Monday, April 8, on his social media platform Truth Social in the form of a video. In that video message, the former president took a more moderate stance on abortion in his lead-up to the presidential election in November.

The former president began the message by expressing support for in-vitro fertilization processes and praising Alabama and Gov. Kay Ivey for passing a Republican-proposed bill last month that would protect IVF in the wake of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling declaring embryos to be legally considered children. Trump said he supports IVF, along with “the overwhelming majority of Americans” and “the vast majority of Republicans, conservatives, Christians, and pro-life Americans.”

He then shifted onto the topic of abortion and took credit for the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 by alluding to the conservative justices he appointed to the Supreme Court during his presidency that enabled the overturning of the 1973 landmark decision. That ruling took the ball out of the federal government’s court regarding the abortion question and put it firmly back into each state’s, which is where Trump believes it should remain.

The former president said his view is that “the 50-year battle” against Roe v. Wade put the decision into “the hearts, minds, and vote” of each state’s voters, and it’s up to them “to do the right thing.” Trump added that whatever each state decides “must be the law of the land,” or “of the state” in this case.

Before the recent announcement, Trump was floating the possibility of a 15-month federal abortion restriction, but never totally settled on the idea. President Joe Biden has also been making Trump’s personal opposition to abortion a central part of his campaign’s attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee.

Trump’s moderate stance may be an attempt to mitigate some of the fallout from the 2020 Supreme Court decision that could cost him in some swing states.

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