UNITED STATES: Former President Donald Trump stated that the federal government had a role in regulating late-term abortions but avoided providing details on what that role was during a speech to a conservative gathering on Saturday night.
Trump has been relatively silent on the topic of abortion throughout his campaign for a second term, which puts him at odds with other Republican presidential candidates, including Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and his party’s current biggest challenger, who passed a six-week abortion ban in his state.
At the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual convention on Saturday night in Washington, D.C., Trump said, “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. We will defeat the radical Democratic policy of extreme late-term abortion.”
Late-term abortions, those carried out after 21 weeks, are very rare, accounting for merely 1% of all abortions, and frequently due to foetal abnormalities or dangers to the mother’s life.
Trump bragged about the three Supreme Court justices he appointed, which gave the court the conservative majority it needed to overturn Roe v. Wade, the seminal 1973 decision that established federal protections for abortion.
The abortion controversy may end up defining the 2024 presidential race. Republican politicians are attempting to win over far-right Christian supporters by pledging to outlaw the medical procedure.
Tim Scott, a South Carolina senator, said that he would outlaw it at 15 weeks, and Mike Pence, a former Vice President, has pledged to sign a federal ban on it completely.
A Ipsos survey conducted April 11–12 indicated that 28% of respondents would be more likely to vote for a candidate who favours laws restricting access to abortion, compared to 56% of respondents who said they would be less likely to do so.