In response to Trump claiming that he will make a major announcement on abortion next week, DNC Spokesperson Aida Ross released the following statement: 

“We don’t need to wait until next week to know where Donald Trump stands on abortion – he has been peddling the same anti-choice extremism for years. In his first term, Trump backed a national abortion ban and handpicked the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade — and he’s campaigning on that now in his sad bid for a second term. If Trump gets the chance, he’s made it crystal clear that he’ll take his losing agenda of ripping away reproductive freedom even further, and that’s why voters will soundly reject him this November.”

We expect more of the same from Trump next week: anti-choice extremism and plans to ban abortion nationwide that he’s been peddling for years.

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.”

In case you forgot: Trump already backed a national abortion ban in his first term.

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“There has to be some form of punishment [for women who have abortions].”

Trump continues to brag about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, which paved the way for MAGA Republicans to rip away reproductive freedoms across the country.

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.”

Trump’s MAGA allies are fully on board, pushing for a deeply unpopular plan that would allow him to ban abortion without Congress.

NOTUS“The Conservative Plan to Ban Abortion Without Congress”

“Anti-abortion advocates hope a Republican president will enforce a series of laws from the 1800s that will ‘result in the end of abortion in every single state in America.’”

“Anti-abortion activists have their eyes on a bigger prize: If former President Donald Trump wins a second term in the White House, they hope and expect that he’ll effectively ban abortions throughout the United States by prohibiting the shipment not just of abortion drugs, but any tools doctors could use to induce an abortion.

“Republican presidential candidates have been under pressure from prominent anti-abortion organizations to back a federal ban. … Enforcing the Comstock Act could make it much easier for a future GOP administration — likely Trump’s — to severely restrict abortion without lawmakers.”

“The Washington Post reported that the former president was interested in ‘Washington’s role’ in limiting abortion — meaning that anti-abortion groups’ cries may not be falling on deaf ears. … A former Trump administration official told NOTUS that when it comes to Comstock, it’s possible Trump would pledge to enforce it if it meant he’d get endorsements.”

“Project 2025, the presidential transition plan backed by many of Trump’s conservative allies and embraced by other Republicans, calls for Comstock’s enforcement. … Among the actions that the project considers a priority during this period, Chretien said, is enforcing Comstock.”

USA Today“Americans overwhelmingly oppose the next goal of many anti-abortion activists, to enact a federal law banning abortion nationwide. By 80%-14%, those surveyed opposed that idea, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of independents.”

Axios: “Most Americans support abortion access one year after Roe v. Wade: poll”

CNN: “A 64% majority of US adults say they disapprove of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that women do not have a constitutional right to an abortion, with half strongly disapproving – an assessment that’s almost entirely unchanged from CNN’s poll last July in the immediate wake of the decision.”

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