Trump releases abortion stance, says states should determine regulations on procedure

"Like Ronald Reagan, I am strongly in favor of exceptions for rape, incest and life of a mother," the presumptive GOP presidential candidate said.

Published: April 8, 2024 7:27am

Updated: April 8, 2024 7:44am

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday announced his stance on abortion ahead of the November election, sticking, as expected, with the Supreme Court decision that the matter should be decided by the states. 

The high court and its conservative majority's ruling on the issue in 2022 ended roughly 50 years of federal protections for abortion, effectively handing the issue to states. 

Trump also said he favors exceptions to abortion bans and suggested most American voters do not support a total ban.  

"Like Ronald Reagan, I am strongly in favor of exceptions for rape, incest and life of a mother," Trump said in a video on Truth Social.

"You must follow your heart on this issue, but remember, you must also win elections to restore our culture, and in fact, to save our country, which is currently and very sadly, a nation in decline."

The Supreme Court's decision last year to overrule Roe v. Wade was the correct one from the standpoint of legal scholars on both sides of the aisle, he also said. 

Trump also said that he is in favor of protections for in vitro fertilization, which was under threat following a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, but has since been protected by laws enacted by the state legislature.

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