Pro-lifers react to Trump's reported support for 16-week abortion ban; campaign claims 'fake news'

Major pro-life organizations have offered differing reactions to the recent report that former President Donald Trump has privately expressed support for a 16-week national abortion ban.

According to a Friday report by The New York Times, two unnamed sources with ties to the Republican front-runner claimed the 2024 hopeful likes the idea of ​​a 16-week abortion ban, with exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. The article states that Trump said in a private conversation that he likes 16 weeks as a cutoff because it's a “flat” “four months.”

on friday, The Washington Post reported that the Trump campaign said The Times story was “fake news.” According to Trump's team, the 2024 presidential hopeful has not made a decision on whether he will support a national ban, and he also stated that he would not be “bound” to a specific number of weeks.

“As President Trump has stated, he will sit down with both sides and negotiate a deal that everyone will be happy with,” Trump spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt said in a statement. She added that Trump “appointed strong constitutionalist federal judges and Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the decision to the states, which others have tried to do for more than 50 years.”

Although Trump has received praise from pro-lifers during his tenure as his administration has promoted pro-life policies, some of Trump's recent remarks on abortion have earned him condemnation from various pro-life organizations.

For example, the former president blamed the Republican Party's position on abortion for its losses during the 2022 midterm elections. He also criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing a law banning abortions after the baby's heartbeat becomes detectable, calling it ” too harsh.”

While it remains unclear what types of abortion-related legislation the former president would support if re-elected, the recent New York Times report has generated attention from several pro-life groups.

The following pages highlight reactions from three major pro-life organizations to Trump allegedly expressing support for a 16-week abortion ban.


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