In response to Donald Trump doubling down on states monitoring women’s pregnancies, DNC spokesperson Aida Ross released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump is doubling down on the most extreme parts of his cruel anti-choice agenda, backing states that want to invade women’s privacy by monitoring their pregnancies after endorsing prosecution for women and doctors who perform abortions. Millions of women are already being denied crucial care under the horrifying abortion bans Trump says are ‘working very brilliantly,’ all while he demands credit for overturning Roe v. Wade. Voters have repeatedly made clear that Trump’s anti-freedom agenda has no place in our country, and are ready to stand up for their basic rights against Trump’s dangerous MAGA extremism at the ballot box.”

NEW: Donald Trump once again said he would support states monitoring women’s pregnancies.

Interviewer: “There are ads running that say that you would support certain states with bans monitoring a woman’s pregnancy.”

Trump: “Well that would be up to the states, again. They will make a decision as to how they do it.”

Just last week, Trump endorsed monitoring pregnancies AND said states should be allowed to prosecute women who get an abortion.

HuffPost: “Trump Is Fine With States Monitoring Pregnant Women So They Don’t Get Abortions”

The Hill: “Trump: It’s up to states to monitor pregnancies, prosecute abortions”

Mother Jones: “Trump Says States Could Prosecute Women for Abortions Under His Watch”

Interviewer: “Are you comfortable if states decide to punish women who access abortions after the procedure is banned?” 

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Trump: “Again, that’s going to be—I don’t have to be comfortable or uncomfortable. The states are going to make that decision. The states are going to have to be comfortable or uncomfortable, not me.”

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Interviewer: “Prosecuting women for getting abortions after the ban. But are you comfortable with it?” 

Trump: “The states are going to say. It’s irrelevant whether I’m comfortable or not. It’s totally irrelevant, because the states are going to make those decisions.” 

Trump: “There has to be some form of punishment [for women who have an abortion].”

REMINDER: Trump said he’d sign a national abortion ban if elected to a second term and backed one as president.

Associated Press: “Trump says he will support national ban on abortions around 15 weeks of pregnancy”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Wants to Ban Abortion Nationwide: Report”

New York Times: “Trump Privately Expresses Support for a 16-Week Abortion Ban”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Floats National Abortion Ban After Claiming He’s ‘On the Side of Women’”

Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.” 

Trump on if he would sign a six-week national abortion ban: “I’m looking at all options.”

Trump: “We’ll pick something that’s going to be very, very good for pro-life … I’m going to be in there pushing.”

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 is also standing by his allies as they push to ban medication abortion. 

Interviewer: “Do you think women should be able to get the abortion pill mifepristone? 

Trump: “Well, I have an opinion on that, but I’m not going to explain. I’m not gonna say it yet. But I have pretty strong views on that. And I’ll be releasing it probably over the next week.”

Interviewer: “Well, this is a big question, Mr. President, because your allies have called for enforcement of the Comstock Act, which prohibits the mailing of drugs used for abortions by mail. The Biden Department of Justice has not enforced it. Would your Department of Justice enforce it?” 

Trump: “I will be making a statement on that over the next 14 days.” 

Trump will not stop bragging about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade and claiming credit for extreme abortion bans across the country.

Detroit News: “Trump praises high court overturning abortion rights during Michigan rally”

Trump: “I was proudly the person responsible for the ending of … Roe v. Wade.”

Trump: “We broke Roe v. Wade and we did something that nobody thought was possible. We gave it back to the states, and the states are working very brilliantly … But they’re working, and it’s working the way it’s supposed to.”

Trump: “For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it. … Nobody else was going to get that done but me, and we did it, and we did something that was a miracle.”

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!!!”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Business Insider: “Trump boasts he’s ‘proud’ about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, the issue that has become ballot-box poison for Republicans”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Have ‘Terminated’ Abortion Rights”

Trump campaign radio ad: “And Trump nominated conservative judges, leading to Roe v. Wade being overturned.”

FWIW: “This week, we found more evidence that the Trump campaign has no interest in ‘moderating’ on the issue of abortion. On Monday, his team began running new Facebook video ads targeting voters in Iowa, referring to Trump as ‘THE MOST Pro-Life President in history.’”

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: “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.”

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