Clinton falsely accused Trump of planning a nationwide abortion ban if re-elected

 May 9, 2024

Failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary knows a thing or two about taking rival former President Donald Trump's words out of context, if not making them up altogether, to use against him in baseless partisan attacks.

Clinton did exactly that on Tuesday with an outrageously false accusation that Trump, if re-elected, would completely ban all abortions nationwide, according to a "fact check" from Breitbart.

Trump has never said anything of the sort and, in fact, has been pretty adamant and consistent that abortion restrictions are a state-level issue that the federal government -- and a president -- should have no control over.

Clinton's false accusation against Trump on abortion bans

In an X post on Tuesday, Clinton shared a color-coded map of the U.S. that showed the different states where abortion procedures were totally or mostly banned, substantially restricted, or had proposed bans currently blocked.

She wrote, "Right now, one in three American women live in a state where abortion is restricted or outright banned. If Trump wins office again, it’ll be all of us."

Trump reveals his states' rights stance on abortion regulations

Except, as Breitbart noted, that assertion from Clinton -- that Trump would ban abortions nationwide if re-elected -- is simply not true and rather easy to debunk.

Almost exactly one month ago, Trump released a statement that outlined his stance on "life" and abortions, presumably to head off fraudulent claims like the one leveled against him by Clinton, among others, like President Joe Biden.

Referencing the Supreme Court's 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Trump said, "My view is now that we have abortion where everybody wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation or perhaps both. And whatever they decide must be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state."

"Many states will be different, many will have a different number of weeks, or some will have more conservative than others, and that's what they will be," he continued, describing the notion of federalism, and later added, "This 50-year battle over Roe v. Wade took it out of the federal hands and brought it into the hearts, minds, and vote of the people in each state, it was really something. Now, it's up to the states to do the right thing."

Trump thoroughly explains that abortion must be left up to the individual states

As if that weren't proof enough, Trump also recently sat for a lengthy interview with a biased journalist for Time magazine who repeatedly pressed the former president on whether he'd sign into law or veto a federal abortion ban, if he were re-elected and Congress passed such legislation.

In response, Trump repeatedly reiterated his stance that abortion was a state-level issue and refused to say whether he'd veto an abortion ban bill largely because he accurately surmised that, given the current close margins in both the House and Senate, no such bill would ever be passed. "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."

"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," he explained to the reporter. "This is about and was originally about getting out of the federal government. The last thing you want to do is go back into the federal government. And the states are just working their way through it."

The reporter also attempted to nail Trump down on whether he supported or was "comfortable with" some of the more stringent restrictions in some states, including proposals to "monitor" women's pregnancies or prosecute women who obtained abortions, but Trump declined to take that obvious bait and replied, "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."

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