(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Donald Trump has angered pro-life advocates after he slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ six-week abortion ban as a “terrible thing” and vowed to negotiate with Democrats on a national abortion law.
You can watch a video of Trump’s remarks that have caused concern further down this post.
In his interview on the NBC News program “Meet the Press,” which aired Sunday, the former president criticized his competitor for the 2024 Republican nomination after, in April, DeSantis signed a “heartbeat” law banning abortion in Florida after the sixth week of pregnancy.
Trump was asked whether he would support a national abortion ban after the 15th week.
“What’s going to happen is that you’re going to come up with a number of weeks or months… that’s going to make people happy. Because 92% of the Democrats don’t want to see abortion after a certain period of time,” said the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination.
“I would sit down with both sides and negotiate something, and we’d end up with peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say ‘I would’ or ‘I wouldn’t,'” he added.
“DeSantis was willing to sign a five-week and six-week ban. I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake,” Trump declared.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, was among the pro-life activists who reacted strongly to the former president’s abortion comments.
“Anything later than a 15-week protection for babies in the womb (when science proves they can feel pain) as a national minimum standard makes no sense,” Dannenfelser told The Daily Caller.
“We thank Gov. Ron DeSantis for following the science and the will of the people by signing the Heartbeat Protection Act into law,” she added.
Samantha D., a Live Action ambassador, posted a video of another GOP presidential candidate, former Vice President Mike Pence, declaring he would support a 15-week minimum federal ban. She urged Trump to “get on board” with Pence’s position.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, commented there was “no reason” for a politician not to back a federal abortion ban, as nearly half the states already adopted pro-life laws.
She described DeSantis’ six-week abortion ban as the “compassionate and even popular thing to do.”
“[Trump’s comments] sparked concerns among Catholics. Pro-life Catholic voters helped deliver him the White House in 2016 and a record number of votes in 2020,” reacted Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.
— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) September 17, 2023