Not Pro-Life? Trump Says DeSantis’ Heartbeat Bill ‘Too Harsh’

Former President Donald Trump has always hailed the pro-life movement and advocated for saving the babies. Yet, in a recent interview with The Messenger, the 2024 presidential candidate refused to clarify his position on abortion at the federal level and even called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Heartbeat Bill “too harsh.”

DeSantis signed a bill banning abortion after the sex-week mark, which is when a heartbeat can be detected. How is it “too harsh” to ban abortion once there is a detectable heartbeat?

Trump said of the governor, “he has to do what he has to do. If you look at what DeSantis did, a lot of people don’t even know if he knew what he was doing. But he signed six weeks, and many people within the pro-life movement feel that that was too harsh.”

When asked if he would be willing to sign a similar law, Trump would replied that he was “looking at all alternatives. I’m looking at many alternatives.”

LifeSite News reports:

The former president claimed credit for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last summer overturning Roe v. Wade for “get[ting] us to the table,” which he claimed “nobody else could have done…but me.” During his term, Trump had the opportunity to fill three vacancies on the nation’s highest court, which he and the Republican-controlled Senate did using a list of judges given to him by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, ultimately picking nominees whose positions on Roe he previously said he did not ask about.

Overturning Roe “gave us a tremendous power of negotiation, which we didn’t have, the pro-life movement, a tremendous power of negotiation,” Trump said. “Now the pro-life movement has the power to negotiate a deal that’s acceptable for them.” It is unclear what precisely about abortion policy he believes should be negotiated or what limits he expects Democrats to agree to.

When it comes to abortion in general, Trump said, “first of all, I’m a believer in the exceptions, right? And just as Ronald Reagan was a believer in the exceptions, but I’m a believer in the exceptions … the life of the mother, raping and incest.  … The other thing I really believe is that the radicals are people that would have a baby destroyed, killed at the end of the ninth month or even after birth.”

Earlier this month, once again, Trump declined to clarify if he would sign a 15-week abortion ban….he only said, “we’re going to look at it. We’re looking at a lot of different options […] I think we’ll get it done on some level. It could be on different levels, but we’re going to get it done. I know the issue very well, I think I know the issue better than most and we will get that taken care of.”

Why the wishy-washy, Trump? Many of us voted for you because you were firm on your pro-life stance. What changed?

DeSantis clapped back at Trump on Tuesday, declaring, “Protecting an unborn child when there’s a detectable heartbeat is something that probably 99% of pro-lifers support… [Trump] won’t answer whether he would sign it…”

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