Trump: SCOTUS abortion decision will return power to the states 'where it has always belonged'

The former president appointed half of the judges who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade

Updated: June 24, 2022 - 3:34pm

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Former President Trump said Friday the Supreme Court ruling earlier in the morning that struck down that struck down the decades-old Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion will "work out for everybody."

"This is following the Constitution, and gives rights back when they should have been given long ago," Trump, who appointed three of the six justices who voted to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision, told Fox News.

"I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody," he continued, in an apparent message to his supporters who are pro abortion."This brings everything back to the states where it has always belonged."

The decision by the high court's conservative majority will result in individual states decide on their own abortion laws.

When asked if he feels he played a role in the reversal of the landmark decision that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion, Trump replied, "God made the decision."

In a statement released later in the day, the former president called Friday's decision "the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation."

He added they it was "only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court."

The former president's own views of abortion have evolved over the years.

In 1999, he said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is "very pro-choice," though he said at the time that he "hates the concept of abortion" and talking about it makes him "cringe."

During his presidency and the campaign leading up to his 2016 election victory, however, Trump made a point of saying he would put "pro-life justices on the court."

"It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination," said Trump on the issue during his final 2016 debate against Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 

Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority decision announced Friday: "We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives."