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Trump Privately Favors a 16-Week Abortion Ban 

By supporting a 16-week ban with exceptions, Donald Trump appears to be trying to placate both supporters of more moderate limits and social conservatives who want to further restrict access to abortion services.

Trump’s Backing of a 16-Week National Abortion Prohibition

Former President Donald J. Trump has told advisers and colleagues that he supports a 16-week national abortion ban with three exceptions: in cases of rape or incest, or to save the mother’s life, according to two people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s deliberations. Democrats have been electrified ahead of the 2022 midterm elections by Mr. Trump’s deliberate avoidance of voicing his views on abortion restrictions after Roe v. Wade was overruled in the middle of the year. The two sources claim that he has privately expressed the preference to wait to publicly voice his views until after the conclusion of the Republican presidential primary in order to avoid offending social conservatives before winning the nomination.

The Intention Behind Trump’s Timing of His Pro-Abortion Opinions

Mr. Trump has considered abortion to be a business since he entered the presidential race in 2015, and he has continued to hold this belief in recent private talks. One aspect that appeals to Mr. Trump is the 16-week duration of the government ban on abortions. What about 16 appeals to me? Mr. Trump told one of these people—who wished to stay anonymous—about a private conversation. It is comparable. It’s been four months. Mr. Trump regularly asks prospective vice presidential candidates about their “OK on abortion” stances. Upon learning that a Republican does not support “the three exceptions,” he is instantly disdainful. He informs advisers that Republicans will keep losing elections in that role.

Trump’s Finance-Driven View on Abortion

Mr. Trump told advisors in June 2022 that he believed Republicans would suffer as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Since then, he has grown to believe that the abortion issue is mostly to blame for a string of Republican losses in congressional elections.He knows he is vulnerable, because he openly claimed credit for the nomination of the three justices who made that decision possible. Democrats want to use hundreds of millions of dollars to remind people that they have already used these quotes in advertising.By endorsing a 16-week ban, Mr. Trump would be seeking to placate both social conservatives who want to further restrict access to abortions.

Political Factors: The Reversal of Roe v. Wade’s Impact

Abortions done before 16 weeks of pregnancy are now illegal in 20 states, including Mr. Trump’s home state of Florida. The kind of ban Mr. Trump has been talking about behind closed doors would restrict access to abortion in the thirty states that remain legal after that. Whether exclusions should be limited to a mother’s life is also up for debate. Texas state courts have ruled that a woman was not eligible for the narrow exceptions for “life-threatening conditions” related to pregnancy, even if her foetus faced a terrible diagnosis and her future fertility and health were at jeopardy.In a statement, Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt did not mention his private remarks.

The Debate About Trump’s Support for Abortion Policy

Ms. Leavitt said that Donald Trump “appointed strong Constitutionalist federal judges and Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and sent the decision back to the states, which others have tried to do for over 50 years.” He also said that “as President Trump has stated, he would sit down with both sides and negotiate a deal that everyone will be happy with.” She blasted President Biden and House Democrats for being overly pro-abortion. Despite having supported abortion rights for the bulk of his adult life, Mr. Trump declared in the beginning of 2011 that he was suddenly anti-abortion while thinking about running for president in the Republican primary.

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