FACT CHECK: Trump “Proud” to Overturn Roe
June 2, 2023
Donald Trump can’t scrub his support for a national abortion ban when he was in office as he continues to brag about appointing three Supreme Court justices who voted to overturnRoe v. Wade and paving the way for extreme abortion bans across the country.
Trump has been on a tirade for weeks, bragging about how he paved the way for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and opened the door for extreme abortion bans across the country.
Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”
Trump: “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade, and everybody said that was an impossible thing to do. I put on three Supreme Court justices. Very few people have had that privilege or honor.”
Trump: “We’ll pick something that’s going to be very, very good for pro-life … I’m going to be in there pushing.”
Trump on if he would sign a six-week national abortion ban: “I’m looking at all [options].”
Trump: “Getting rid of Roe v. Wade was an incredible thing for pro-life because it gave pro-life something to negotiate with. Pro-life had absolutely nothing, being stuck in Roe v. Wade, to negotiate with. … And look, everybody that was president wanted to get rid and tried to get rid of Roe v. Wade … For fifty years, this has been going on. I was able to do it, and I was very honored to do it.”
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.”