Trump Flip-Flops On Abortion?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday (April 27), former President Donald Trump sidestepped a question about whether he would sign a national 15-week abortion ban.

The question comes as the 2024 Republican candidates face mounting pressure to clarify their position on restricting access to abortion at the federal level.

In an interview with New Hampshire-based WMUR, Trump was questioned about whether he would sign a 15-week abortion ban proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) if he became President again.

Trump explained that he was going to look at it but was also “looking at a lot of different options.”

Trump lauded getting Abortion laws “back to the states.”

He added that his administration prompted the ending of Roe v. Wade, which was something they’ve been trying to do for 50 years, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision last year to strike down federal abortion rights.

Trump touted the three conservative Supreme Court justices he nominated to the Supreme Court, adding that “we’ll get something done” that would make everybody “very happy.”

When questioned about whether he would act again at the national level, the former President suggested he would act at “some level,” and that may be at “different levels,” insisting he knows the “issue better than most.”

Trump’s comments came after he was criticized by several anti-abortion groups earlier this month after his campaign released a statement suggesting he supported addressing the issue of abortion access at the state level.

Trump isn’t the only GOP candidate to dodge questions about federal abortion, with former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley saying in a speech this week that she “believe[s] there is a federal role on abortion,” but didn’t elaborate on what that role should be.