Former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, suggested he may be in favor of a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks, but added he has not made up his mind.

Trump has yet to offer specifics on the campaign trail regarding a national abortion ban should he return to office. In September, he criticized Florida’s six-week ban signed by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis “as a terrible mistake” and said he would seek a position acceptable for Republicans and Democrats.

But Politico reported Friday that Trump said in an interview after his visit to Eagle Pass, Texas, on Thursday that “more and more, I’m hearing 15 weeks, and I haven’t decided yet. Also, we got it back to the states where it belongs.”

Trump’s appointment of three conservative Supreme Court justices affected a ruling that ended the federal right to abortion in June 2022. That decision prompted many GOP-led states to enforce bans even more restrictive than Florida’s. But Democrats seized on the issue in the midterm elections to thwart a Republican takeover of Congress.

“Largely they’re coming in with a certain number of weeks, and the number 15 is mentioned,” Trump said, according to Politico. “I haven’t agreed to any number. I’m going to see. We want to take an issue that was very polarizing and get it settled and solved so everybody could be happy.”

President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is focusing on making it a choice between Democrats who pledge to protect abortion and contraception and Republicans who have called for further restrictions, according to Politico.

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, which could affect in vitro fertilization treatments. Trump said after the ruling he strongly supports the availability of IVF and called on Alabama lawmakers to preserve access to the procedure.

“A lot of states are taking very strong stances,” Trump said Thursday, according to Politico. “You look at Kansas, Ohio, and it’s going to be the law within the state. And they have gone much different than a lot of people thought.”

Michael Katz

Michael Katz is a Newsmax reporter with more than 30 years of experience reporting and editing on news, culture, and politics.


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