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News News Articles Press Releases Donald Trump Abortion Reproductive Rights Thursday, May 2 2024

BREAKING: Trump Calls for States to Monitor Pregnancies, Punish Violators, and More

May 02, 2024

This morning, Time Magazine published an exclusive sitdown interview with Donald Trump unearthing shocking revelations about the Republican nominee’s plans to further restrict abortion rights in a second term.

Asked if he thought states with abortion bans should punish women who access abortions, Trump deflected, saying, “The states are going to make that decision. The states are going to have to be comfortable or uncomfortable, not me.

When asked directly if states with bans should monitor women’s pregnancies so they can know if they’ve gotten an abortion after the ban, Trump responded, “I think they might do that. Again, you’ll have to speak to the individual states. Look, Roe v. Wade was all about bringing it back to the states.

When asked if he, the leader of the Republican Party and candidate for president, was comfortable with states prosecuting women after the ban, Trump dismissed the issue again, saying, “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.
Additionally, in the interview Trump:

  • REFUSED to commit to vetoing federal restrictions on abortions.
  • REFUSED to commit to vetoing the Life of Conception Act, which grants full legal rights to embryos and threatens IVF access.
  • REFUSED to commit to protecting the right to the medical abortion pill mifepristone.
  • REFUSED to answer on enforcement of the Comstock Act which prohibits mailing of medication used for abortions by mail.
  • REFUSED to answer if he’d vote to repeal Florida’s six-week abortion ban in November.

American Bridge 21st Century President Campaign Communications Director, Brandon Weathersby issued the following statement in response: 

“Donald Trump can only cosplay as a moderate on abortion for so long until his true extremist colors show. His disturbing answers to Time Magazine should make it clear as president he’ll allow more federal restrictions on abortion, sign a national ban, allow legislation to jeopardize IVF procedures, and sign laws straight out of a dystopian novel where authoritarian governments monitor every action women take to ensure they don’t violate abortion bans.

“Trump even endorsed extreme legislatures all over the country who wish to impose some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws they can think of and punish anyone who violates them.

“Make no mistake, Trump is no moderate on this issue and the reproductive rights of millions are at risk in November if Trump becomes president.”

Published: May 2, 2024

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