Former President Trump Takes a Shot at Governor DeSantis Over Abortion Ban
Trump vs. DeSantis: The Battle for the Republican Presidential Nomination
Former President Donald Trump has indirectly criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his six-week abortion ban, stating that some pro-life activists believe it is too strict. DeSantis is widely seen as Trump’s top adversary in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, and the two have been trading barbs for months to distinguish themselves to Republican voters.
Trump’s Stance on Abortion
While Trump did not take a firm stand on the six-week abortion ban, he did mention that he believes in exceptions such as the life of the mother, rape, and incest. He also touted his own accomplishments in the pro-life movement, claiming that he was able to get rid of Roe v. Wade by nominating three excellent judges to the Supreme Court. This move gave the pro-life movement a tremendous power of negotiation, according to Trump.
The Pro-Life Movement’s Reorganization
The pro-life movement suffered a series of defeats in 2022, leaving it politically unsure of itself. Pro-life politicians and activists must now strike a balance between pursuing the ideal and attaining what is possible. Republican voters tend to favor more restrictions on abortion, with 32% supporting banning abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother, and another 28% favoring even stricter laws.
DeSantis’ Abortion Measures
DeSantis signed his latest abortion measure into law in April, stating that he is proud to support life and family in Florida. He signed the six-week ban into law almost a year after enacting a 15-week abortion ban prior to the fall of Roe. Like Trump, DeSantis has not staked a position for the federal government on abortion.
The battle for the Republican presidential nomination between Trump and DeSantis continues, with abortion being one of the key issues. While the pro-life movement is reorganizing, Republican voters tend to favor more restrictions on abortion, making it a crucial issue for any candidate seeking the nomination.
- 32% of Republican voters support banning abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother
- 28% of Republicans favor even stricter laws
- 31% of independents support outlawing abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother
- 29% of independents favor legal abortion through the first three months of the pregnancy
Democrats tend to be more permissive, with nearly four in ten supporting abortion at any time during a pregnancy.
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