Trump Talks About ‘Breaking’ Roe v. Wade

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former President Trump addressed the issue of abortion on Friday, expressing that there was no longer a need for a federal law restricting abortions since “we broke Roe v. Wade.” Speaking at Mar-a-Lago after remarks with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), Trump responded to reporters’ inquiries about his recent statements that he would not pursue a federal abortion ban.

“Because we don’t need it anymore. We dismantled Roe v. Wade and accomplished something many thought impossible,” Trump explained. “We returned the matter to the states, and they are managing it very effectively. In some instances, states are conservative, in others not so much, but overall, it’s functioning as intended.”

Trump added, “There is a sort of beautiful harmony in how things are proceeding, to be honest.”

Earlier in the week, Trump had reiterated that abortion policy should be determined by the states, aligning with his long-standing pride in nominating the Supreme Court justices who ultimately overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022. During his presidency, his administration supported Republican legislation that passed the House and would have prohibited most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Democrats quickly seized upon Trump’s recent comments, continuing to criticize him over the national impact of abortion restrictions following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Trump found himself defending his stance on abortion throughout the week, particularly following a decision by the Arizona Supreme Court that upheld a 19th-century law criminalizing abortion. He acknowledged that the Arizona court’s decision was excessive and called on state legislators to swiftly modify the abortion regulations. This comes as Republican state lawmakers resisted Democratic efforts to repeal the archaic 1864 law, which categorizes abortion as a felony, punishable by two to five years in prison, except in dire circumstances where the pregnant person’s life is at risk.

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