Former president Donald Trump has given a somewhat muddled response to Texas’s freshly enacted abortion law, taking credit for the lack of Supreme Court action to overturn the law while simultaneously calling it “complex” and perhaps “temporary.”
“We do have a Supreme Court that’s a lot different than it was. Before it was acting very strangely and I think probably not in the interests of our country. I’m studying it right now. I know that the ruling was very complex and also probably temporary – I think other things will probably happen and that will be the big deal and the big picture,” Trump
, speaking to investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in an excerpt from an interview that aired Sunday.
“We’re studying the ruling and we’re studying also what they’ve done in Texas. But we have great confidence in the governor and the attorney general and the lieutenant governor, there are a lot of great people in Texas, and we have a lot of fans and a lot of support in Texas. So we’ll be announcing something over the next week or two weeks,” Trump added.
potential GOP 2024 frontrunner
did not elaborate on what his announcement might be, or what he meant with the suggestion that the ruling could be “temporary.”
Trump’s comments comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision late Wednesday not to overturn the anti-abortion legislation which stepped into force in the Lone Star State on 1 September. That legislation prohibits abortion providers from carrying out pregnancy terminations after fetal cardiac activity (i.e. a heartbeat) is detected –something that usually occurs about six weeks into pregnancy.
The hardline legislation did not make any exceptions for rape or incest,
the position taken by Trump when he ran for office in 2016, in which he listed three exceptions – rape, inbreeding or circumstances in which pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, to the Republican platform on abortions.
In its current form, the Texas law would force women to carry their pregnancies to term even if they were the result of rape or incest. It does allow for termination “if a physician believes that a medical emergency exists,” however.
The law also deputizes private citizens to serve as abortion watchdogs, allowing individuals to sue anyone suspected of performing an abortion or assisting in the performance of an abortion that takes place after a heartbeat is likely to be detected.
Pro-choice activists have slammed the new restrictions, arguing that many women do not even become aware of their pregnancies until six to eight weeks in.
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The nine-member US Supreme Court presently has six justices appointed by Republican Presidents George W Bush and Donald Trump, with the remaining three appointed by Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In a ruling Wednesday night, the court ruled 5-4 not to block Texas’s new abortion ban.
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, slammed the passage of the Texas law, calling it
and promising to fight it. On Thursday, he
the federal government to take steps to ensure that women in the state of Texas continue to have access to legal abortions on the basis of protections granted to them under US law.
Abortion rights were effectively legalized across the United States by Roe v. Wade, a watershed 1973 Supreme Court decision which determined that the US Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without government restrictions.
The new Texas law, combined with the Supreme Court’s decision to let it stand, has sparked concerns from pro-choice activists that Republican-leaning states across the union may now draft similarly restrictive abortion legislation. On Friday, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said he would “look more significantly” at the idea of a fetal heartbeat abortion ban. “What they did in Texas is interesting and I haven’t really been able to look at enough about it.”
DeSantis made his remarks after Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson announced that state lawmakers were ready to submit a bill similar to the one passed in Texas in the Florida Senate.
Activists also fear other states,
North Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Idaho and Louisiana, may follow Texas’s lead, with many of these states already having similarly restrictive legislation on the books, or passing similar laws only to have them blocked by the Supreme Court in the past.