Trump backtracks on abortion after conservative backlash

By Jen Krausz on
 June 26, 2023

Former President Donald Trump is backtracking regarding his hands-off position on federal abortion restrictions after other 2024 GOP presidential candidates criticized his commitment to the pro-life cause.

Trump pointed out that his appointment of three conservative Supreme Court justices made the overturning of the Roe v. Wade precedent nationally a reality at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to a Majority Policy Conference on Saturday.

He proudly called himself "the most pro-life president in American history” and pledged to end late-term abortion if re-elected.

"There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life," he said.

Initially, after Roe v. Wade was overturned, Trump said he didn't favor any federal action on abortion, but that it would be a state matter under his administration.

Many pro-life conservatives reacted negatively to Trump's earlier position and made it clear they would oppose his nomination if he didn't back national restrictions.