Trump is right: He's directly responsible for the state of abortion access in the country. He's also the source of the backlash against it
- Trump said on Wednesday that he alone is responsible for the progress the anti-abortion movement has made in recent years.
- "Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing," Trump posted to Truth Social.
On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump declared on social media that he and he alone was responsible for the downfall of abortion rights in the United States.
"After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close," Trump posted to Truth Social, "I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the 'shock' of everyone, and for the first time put the Pro Life movement in a strong negotiating position over the Radicals that are willing to kill babies even into their 9th month, and beyond. 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!!!"
His post comes just under a day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to declare to run for presidency soon, took a verbal shot at Trump while at a bill signing for repeatedly declining to say what his preferred abortion policy would be.
"I think that as a Florida resident, you know, he didn't give an answer about 'would you have signed the heartbeat bill that Florida did," DeSantis said. "It had all the exceptions that people talk about. The Legislature put it in. I signed the bill. I was proud to do it. He won't answer whether he would sign it or not."
Trump is, in many ways, directly responsible for the change in legality of abortion in parts of America
While Trump's Truth Social post is self-aggrandizing, his four years in office were instrumental in reshaping the federal judiciary, and more importantly, the Supreme Court. Trump was able to confirm three conservative justices — Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh — to the Supreme Court, leading to a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
Equipped with a large majority, in 2022 the conservative justices elected to take on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, ultimately ruling in a way that dismantled and overturned federal abortion protections in the United States.
Following the Supreme Court's 2022 ruling, federal judges chosen by Trump have also helped aid in the rollback of protections for mail-order abortion pills, like mifepristone. Earlier this year, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, ruled that the Food and Drug Administration broke the law in how it approved the medication, saying that access to the drug should be suspended.
The Supreme Court has since issued an emergency order to halt Kacsmaryk's ruling, sending down it to be heard by a group of three judges of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. The three judges were each nominated by a Republican president, two of them by Trump himself.
However, the politics of abortion are bad for Republicans now
As Trump takes credit for the recent, rapid victories of the anti-abortion movement, he's publicly ignored its drawbacks for Republicans in elections across the country. Instead, according to Rolling Stone, the former president privately vented earlier in the year to those around him that Republicans are "getting killed on abortion" and "the abortion issue."
He's not incorrect.
The Pew Research Center found that following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn abortion rights in the country, 62 percent of Americans said that abortion should be legal in "all or most cases."
With this in mind, after the Supreme Court's ruling, Democratic campaigns largely focused on the issue in the 2022 midterms and had great success mobilizing voters. Political experts largely expected a "red wave" midterm election in 2022 in the House, as is what traditionally happens following a Democratic president's first two years in office, however, the GOP just barely took control of the House of Representatives, and now hold a slim majority that's much smaller than previously expected.
Abortion access will likely continue to play an outsized role in the 2024 election as well, as GOP candidates have openly spoken about instituting a federal abortion ban.
Putting a national abortion ban in place "is profoundly more important than any short-term politics," former Vice President Mike Pence, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, said in September 2022.
Ultimately, Trump's Wednesday Truth Social post is true — there isn't anyone currently more responsible for the current state of abortion rights in America. At the same time, though, he's just as responsible for the vast backlash and struggles the GOP has had since the Supreme Court's ruling.
But don't expect a Truth Social post about that anytime soon.
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