Trump Says Leave It To The States, Because He Would Veto Federal Ban On Abortion.

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This week, Donald Trump disappointed abortion rights opponents by saying nothing about a federal ban on abortion in his long-awaited abortion policy announcement.

Now, he’s going further — telling reporters in Atlanta that he would not sign a federal ban, even if one came to his desk. In other words, he would veto it.

Responding to a shouted question about whether he would sign a ban if Congress passed one, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee shook his head and repeated “no” twice.

t’s another twist in Trump’s long history of shifting stances on abortion rights. As president, Trump supported a 20-week federal abortion ban, and in recent weeks has said he was open to 15 weeks.

Even before that, when he was running for president in 2016, at one point he said women seeking abortions should receive “some form of punishment.”

In his remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Trump also addressed the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to allow an 1864 near-total ban to be enforced.

Asked if the state court went too far, Trump responded, “Yeah they did, and that will be straightened out.”

He was also asked about the recent decision in Florida, his home state, to allow a 6-week ban to take effect. In response, Trump implied that he wants Arizona and Florida to loosen their abortion restrictions. But while criticizing those states’ bans, he also said he supports states’ rights to decide their own abortion policies.

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights have repeatedly won in statewide ballot measures. In addition, abortion has proven to motivate voters in state legislature elections. Both Florida and Arizona will likely see a question on abortion access on their ballots this fall.

With that in mind, the Biden campaign has been attacking Trump on abortion rights throughout this campaign. The Biden campaign released a statement in response to Trump’s Wednesday remarks.

“Donald Trump owns the suffering and chaos happening right now, including in Arizona, because he proudly overturned Roe – something he called ‘an incredible thing’ and ‘pretty amazing’ just today,” said communications director Michael Tyler.

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade, which had been regarded as settled law in the US, it has become apparent that a majority of voters favor some kind of access to abortion, which has created problems for Republican politicians who strongly opposed abortion while Roe vs Wade was in force, but are now being asked to enact workable laws in their states.

Source: NPR, VOA.
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