(DailyVantage.com) – Recent remarks made by Donald Trump indicate a new stance on reproductive rights. Trump called the six-week abortion ban in Florida a “terrible thing” and a “mistake” and would not commit to restrictions on the federal level.
Ron DeSantis, Florida governor and Trump’s Republican competitor in the 2024 primary elections, bashed Trump’s shift in principle. DeSantis said he does not believe that protecting babies with heartbeats is terrible and boasted about signing the Heartbeat Bill in Florida. According to DeSantis, Trump can’t be trusted and will “sell out” the Democrats if he is elected.
Pro-life groups are now placed in a precarious position. Some organizations believe it is best to have patience and give Trump the chance to clarify his remarks, and they believe that when push comes to-shove, Trump will support federal restrictions on abortion. Other groups believe immediate action is required. Kristi Hamrick with Students for Life of America claims the organization is ready to “apply pressure” and criticized Trump for ignoring the “human rights issue of our time”.
The founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, posted on social media that Trump’s shift is “unacceptable” and accused him of attacking the same laws made possible by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Republicans and Democrats alike appear to be confused by Trump’s new tactic since Trump himself takes credit for the end of Roe v. Wade and claims to be the most “pro-life president ever”. During a weekend interview with Meet the Press, Trump said he could now negotiate with Democrats about abortion and come to a deal that would finally “settle” the issue. This upset several conservative groups that do not believe the rights concerning human life can be negotiated. Simultaneously, Democrats are concerned Trump’s spin on abortion rights could win him votes from “their side”.
Those who are more neutral toward the pro-life movement may be feeling relief that someone is finally willing to compromise and put an end to an issue that causes a cavernous divide between U.S. citizens.
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