Trump Wants Life To Be A State Issue

May 3, 2024

Former President Donald Trump
suggested in a Time Magazine interview published Tuesday that it should be up to states to decide whether to prosecute women for abortions.

 “You don’t need a federal ban. We just got out of the federal. You know, if you go back on Roe v. Wade, Roe v. Wade was all about—it wasn’t about abortion so much as bringing it back to the states. So the states would negotiate deals. Florida is going to be different from Georgia and Georgia is going to be different from other places,” Trump told the outlet. “But that’s what’s happening now. It’s very interesting. But remember this, every legal scholar for 53 years has said that issue is a state issue from a legal standpoint. And it’s starting to work that way. And what’s happened is people started getting into the 15 weeks and the five weeks or the six weeks and they started getting into, you know, time periods. And they started all of a sudden deciding what abortion was going to be.”

Impose Federal Restrictions?

Time asked whether Trump would veto a bill that would impose any federal restrictions on abortions because “this is really important to a lot of voters.” So Trump took the time to explain to Time and voters that “here will never be that chance because it won’t happen. You’re never going to have 60 votes. You’re not going to have it for many, many years, whether it be Democrat or Republican. Right now, it’s essentially 50-50. I think we have a chance to pick up a couple, but a couple means we’re at 51 or 52. We have a long way to go. So it’s not gonna happen, because you won’t have that. Okay. But with all of that being said, it’s all about the states, it’s about state rights. States’ rights. States are going to make their own determination.”

“And you know what? That’s taken tremendous pressure off everybody. But we—it was ill-defined. And to be honest, the Republicans, a lot of Republicans, didn’t know how to talk about the issue. That issue never affected me,” he continued.

Time Doesn’t Understand The Law

“You won’t commit to vetoing the bill if there’s federal restrictions—federal abortion restrictions?” Time asked again, even though this is not something that can actually happen, as Trump just explained twice. (LEARN MORE: Why Men Must Join The Pro-Life Purpose)

“I won’t have to commit to it because it’ll never—number one, it’ll never happen. Number two, it’s about states’ rights. You don’t want to go back into the federal government. This was all about getting out of the federal government. And this was done, Eric, because of—this was done, this issue, has been simplified greatly over the last one week. This is about and was originally about getting out of the federal government,” he replied. “The last thing you want to do is go back into the federal government. And the states are just working their way through it. Look at Ohio. Ohio passed something that people were a little surprised at. Kansas, I mean, places that are conservative and big Trump states, I mean, Ohio and way up Kansas, all these states, but they passed what they want to pass. It’s about states rights.”

Leave It Up To States

Even though Time didn’t seem to understand the concept of state rights, Trump explained it many more times before the journalist seemed to give up on the line of questioning. It is still unclear whether they understand the issue. But it seems simple: Trump is going to ensure that Life is a state issue.

“I’m leaving everything up to the States. The states are going to be different. Some will say yes. Some will say no. Texas is different than Ohio,” he explained again. (LEARN MORE: Ohio’s Issue 1 Gives More Rights To Predators Than Parents) 

What Is Next?

Trump said he’s going to make a statement on other aspects of the abortion topic in the coming days, largely related to the use of medications. “I have an opinion on that, but I’m not going to explain. I’m not gonna say it yet. But I have pretty strong views on that. And I’ll be releasing it probably over the next week,” he said of the abortion pill mifepristone.

Everything within the topic of discussion on Life and abortions will be left up to the states in a Trump presidency, even things like potentially prosecuting women who receive an abortion. Trump understands that his job is to serve the people, not dictate their rights to them. (LEARN MORE: Biden-Harris Campaign Spends $25 Million On Pro-Abortion Ads)

“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. 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,” he noted.

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