Trump says he would not sign federal abortion ban if elected

Former President Donald Trump said this Wednesday (10) that he would not sign a federal ban on abortion if he were elected in this year’s presidential election.

In doing so, it is Trump’s strongest response to date on a national abortion ban. He simultaneously claimed credit for appointing the U.S. Supreme Court justices who helped overturn Roe v. Wade. Wade (legislation that guaranteed the right to abortion throughout the United States).

However, the former president tried to distance himself from Republican state leaders who want to limit the procedure as much as possible. On Monday (8), Trump said that measures on abortion should be taken by the states.

“Would you sign a national abortion ban if Congress sent it to your desk?” Trump was asked by a reporter in Atlanta this Wednesday (10).

“No,” Trump said, shaking his head.

This Wednesday (10), Trump also tried to distance himself from a controversial decision handed down by the Arizona court, which said the state must adhere to a 160-year-old law that bans all abortions, except in cases where “it is necessary to save” the life of a pregnant person.

The ruling stems from a case that was revived after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Wade, in June 2022.

“Yes, they did,” Trump said in Atlanta when asked if Arizona went “too far” with the decision.