Donald Trump Believes Abortion Should Be Handled By The States

Donald Trump has seemingly rejected efforts to impose a national abortion prohibition.  

In a post that he published on his social media platform Truth Social on April 8,  Trump declared thay that individual states, not the federal government, should have the power to dictate abortion policy 

“The 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,” Trump stated in a video on Truth Social. “At the end of the day, it is all about will of the people. Now it is up to the states to do the right thing.”

Trump has recently been pressured by social conservatives in the Republican Party to take tougher stances on abortion. However, Trump fears that such a move could be electorally toxic for him which is why he has moderated his tone on the issue. 

“You must follow your heart on this issue,” Trump stated. “But remember, you must also win elections to restore our culture, and in fact, to save our country, which is currently and very sadly a nation in decline.”

Trump has taken credit for appointing conservative justices to the US Supreme Court who were responsible for overturning the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision in the summer of 2022. In Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling that gave states the power to set abortion policies. 

Several states have already passed laws that have banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. 

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which gave states the right to set abortion policies, split the country. More than a dozen states have since enacted hardline abortion laws banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, 

That said, Trump has blamed Republicans, who took hardline positions on abortion, for lackluster electoral performances in the 2022 midterms, when Republicans failed to take back the Senate and only eked out a small majority in the House

Trump has the correct instincts here. Abortion, at the moment, is not an issue to die on at the federal level. Instead, red states should focus on shorting up their pro-life laws while pro-lifers work to strengthen the GOP as a whole so that it can not only retake both chambers of Congress, but also build a strong enough pro-life majority to ensure the easy passage of this legislation further down the line. 

Obviously, this will be a drawn-out political struggle that will require significant sacrifices. Nobody said this political battle will be easy. 

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