Trump sparks outrage among pro-life crowd by announcing his stance on abortion being a 'states' rights' issue

 April 10, 2024

Former President Donald Trump stirred up a figurative hornets' nest on Monday when he outlined his position that abortion is a states' rights issue and expressed his opposition to any sort of federal nationwide laws to either restrict or allow the procedures.

In doing so, Trump provoked the ire of staunchly pro-life conservatives and Republicans who are pushing for a nationwide ban on abortions at the federal level, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser, according to USA Today.

Following Trump's initial statement on Monday, Dannenfelser asserted that she was "deeply disappointed" in the former president's stance while Graham delivered a sharp rebuke of his own against Trump's commentary.

Trump outlines his stance on issue of abortion and life

On Monday, former President Trump released a video in which he explained where he stood on the topic of abortion and life and expressed his support for the current status quo following the Supreme Court's 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion regulation to the individual states.

"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," he said. "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."

As noted by USA Today, that message from Trump did not go over particularly well with the pro-life crowd of conservatives and Republicans who are pushing for a nationwide ban on abortion at the federal level -- nor did it fly with pro-choice Democrats, who refused to believe Trump and insisted that, if presented with the opportunity, he would willingly sign a nationwide abortion ban into law if passed by a Republican-controlled Congress.

Trump fires back at critics

In response to the critiques from Sen. Graham, who backs a federal 15-week abortion ban, former President Trump wrote on Truth Social, "Senator Lindsey Graham should spend more time focusing on all of the many people being killed because of our now non-existent Border, and the millions of people dying in senseless, never-ending Wars that he constantly favors and promotes, and should spend less time on taking away our Great Roe v. Wade Victory of sending a complicated and controversial Issue back to the States where, according to Highly Respected Legal Scholars on both sides, it belongs."

In a separate post, Trump said, "Senator Lindsey Graham is doing a great disservice to the Republican Party, and to our Country. At first he wanted no Abortions under any circumstances, then he was up to 6 weeks, where you’re allowed Abortion, now he’s up to 15 weeks, where you’re allowed Abortion, but what he doesn’t understand, or perhaps he does, is the Radical Left Democrats, who are destroying our Country, will never approve anything that he or the Republicans want. They love this Issue, and they want to keep it going for as long as Republicans will allow them to do so."

"When the Supreme Court had the courage to do the right thing LEGALLY, and terminate Roe v. Wade, all of those people, including Lindsey Graham and Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony that were 'hardliners', one day after the Victory, were gone and of absolutely no help, as the Democrats staged rallies and won Elections they should never have won," he continued. "Lindsey, Marjorie, and others fought for years, unsuccessfully, until I came along and got the job done. Then they were gone, never to be heard from again, until now. We cannot let our Country suffer any further damage by losing Elections on an issue that should always have been decided by the States, and now will be!"

It is a 10th Amendment states' rights issue

Former President Trump wasn't done yet with his series of responses on Truth Social, though, as he posted, "Sending this Issue back to the States was the Policy of the Republican Party and Conservatives for over 50 years, due to States’ Rights and 10th Amendment, and only happened because of the Justices I proudly Nominated and got Confirmed."

"Senator Lindsey Graham and Marjorie Dannenfelser should study the 10th Amendment and States’ Rights. When they do, they should proudly get on with helping Republicans to WIN ELECTIONS, rather than making it impossible for them to do so!" he asserted.

Trump continued to insist in yet another post to his Truth Social page that abortion was best left for the individual states, through their legislatures and voters, to decide how it should be regulated rather than a one-size-fits-all federal mandate, and suggested that Republicans pushing nationwide bans were playing into the hands of Democrats while distracting attention away from other important issues that needed to be addressed.

Trump blames himself for Graham, pokes Democrats for their disbelief

About Sen. Graham, who has alternated over the years between harshly criticizing and staunchly defending the former president, Trump declared in a post, "I blame myself for Lindsey Graham, because the only reason he won in the Great State of South Carolina is because I Endorsed him!"

As for the disbelieving Democrats, Trump observed, "You know the Democrats are 'reeling' when they have no response to my recent Statement on Abortion, other than, 'He’s only kidding. He will change it' or, 'He won’t do that, he’ll do something else.' I guess this means that we will win the Election because they are so bad on every Issue, this is the only Issue they are focused on!"

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