Former President Trump appeared to resolve a dispute with the leading pro-life group in the United States after the two met on Monday ahead of the 2024 Republican primary campaign.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, said she had a “great meeting” with Trump with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.S.C. The meeting came weeks after Dannenfelser criticized the Trump campaign’s claim that abortion restrictions should be left exclusively to states as a “morally indefensible position.”
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In a statement released after the meeting, Dannenfelser said Trump had offered some support for a federal law dealing with abortion. Specifically, she said Trump made it clear to her that “any federal legislation protecting these children should include exceptions for the life of the mother and for rape and incest.”
Apart from those exceptions, she said Trump has spoken out against the far more permissive abortion rules sought by Democrats.
“During the meeting, President Trump reiterated his opposition to the extreme Democratic position of abortion on demand, up to the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayers – and even in some cases after the birth of the child. ‘child,” Dannenfelser said. “President Trump considers such a position unbecoming of a great nation and believes that the American people will rebel against such a radical position that aligns us with China and North Korea.”
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The statement does not mention the exact federal abortion restrictions that were discussed. Graham introduced a bill allowing abortion nationwide during the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, which he and his pro-life allies say is a common restriction point in Europe. His bill included exceptions for rape, incest and maternal health risks.
The Trump campaign in April suggested the former president would not push for federal abortion restrictions if he regained the White House.
“President Donald J. Trump believes the Supreme Court, led by the three justices he backed, got it right when it ruled that this is a matter that should be decided at the state level,” the campaign told the Washington Post.
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This prompted a statement from Dannenfelser, who made it clear that his organization would not support a presidential candidate unless he supported a federal law allowing abortions only for the first 15 weeks.
“President Trump’s assertion that the Supreme Court referred the issue of abortion solely to the states is a completely inaccurate reading of the Dobbs decision and is a morally indefensible position for a self-proclaimed pro-life presidential candidate,” Dannenfelser said. “Life is a matter of human rights, not state rights.”
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Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America was a major Trump funder in 2016 and 2020. Dannenfelser worked as National Chair of the Trump Pro-life Coalition during the 2016 campaign.
Pro-Life America met last month with Republican 2024 presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who called for a national consensus on abortion restrictions.
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