Trump finally clarifies stance on abortion rights with official announcement

Palm Beach, Florida - Donald Trump said abortion rights should be left up to states to decide as he effectively rejected a national abortion ban after months of mixed signals on one of the 2024 election's most contentious issues.

Donald Trump clarified his stance on abortion rights, saying the issue should be left up to states to legislate.
Donald Trump clarified his stance on abortion rights, saying the issue should be left up to states to legislate.

"My view is now that we have abortion where everybody wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation or perhaps both," the likely Republican presidential nominee said in a video posted on his Truth Social platform Monday.

"And whatever they decide must be the law of the land, in this case, the law of the state."

His statement came after questions had swirled for weeks over what his stance would be on the issue, fueled by a New York Times article in February that said he had told advisers he liked the idea of a 16-week national abortion ban but was hesitant to address it publicly lest he alienate socially conservative supporters.

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The 2022 Supreme Court ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion left it to states to establish their own laws.

Some have enacted near-total bans while others, like Maryland, passed laws to enshrine abortion rights. Many conservatives hope a national ban could override laws like Maryland's.

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President Joe Biden and his Democratic Party have been leaning strongly into the issue, regularly pointing out that polls show most Americans oppose a federal ban.

Republican losses in other off-year elections, even in normally conservative states like Kansas, have been linked to the abortion issue.

In his video, Trump repeated earlier comments that like former Republican president Ronald Reagan, when it comes to abortion he is "strongly in favor of exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother."

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And he said again that he "strongly" supports IVF access for "couples who are trying to have a precious baby. What could be more beautiful or better than that?"

In February, Alabama's Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are "children," causing turmoil and uncertainty for fertility clinics and in-vitro fertilization.

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