FACT CHECK: Trump Promised to Sign a National Abortion Ban
May 11, 2023
Donald Trump pledged to sign a national abortion ban when he was last in office and constantly brags about the essential role he played in appointing three justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade – paving the way for extreme abortion bans across the country. Now he’s promising to continue his crusade to ban abortion if he wins a second term.
When asked whether he’d sign a national abortion ban if it came to his desk, Trump touted his judicial appointments and said “we will get it done on some level.”
Adam Sexton, WMUR: “If you’re president again in 2025 and Senator Graham’s 15-week abortion ban lands on your desk, are you gonna sign it?”
Donald Trump: “Well, we’re gonna look at it. We’re looking at a lot of different options. We got it back to the states. We did the Roe v. Wade thing, which we’ve been trying to get it done for 50 years. I got it done. I appointed incredible justices and judges all over — 300 federal judges and three justices. And I was able to do things that nobody else was able to do, and we’ll get something done where everyone is going to be very satisfied.”
Sexton: “On the national level? A national law?”
Trump: “I think we’ll get it done on some level, it could be on different levels, but we’re gonna get it done. I know the issue very well. I think I know the issue better than most and we will get that taken care of.”
This isn’t new for Trump: When he was still in office, Trump backed a national abortion ban that could have thrown doctors in jail.
The Hill: “The Trump administration formally backed a House bill Monday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. … It would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison or both.”
Trump’s years-long anti-abortion crusade doesn’t end there — he’s called for punishments for women who have an abortion.
Donald Trump: “There has to be some form of punishment [for women who have an abortion].”
It’s all a part of Trump’s plan to double down on his “unmatched” record of anti-abortion extremism.
CNN: “‘President Trump’s unmatched record speaks for itself – nominating pro-life federal judges and Supreme Court justices that overturned Roe v. Wade, ending tax-payer funded abortions, reinstating the Mexico City Policy that protects the life of the unborn abroad, and many other actions that championed the life of the unborn. There has been no bigger advocate for the movement than President Trump,’ said Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung in a statement to CNN.”