Trump indicates he is open to having states ban or restrict birth control

Former President Trump suggested Tuesday that he was open to letting states restrict access to contraception and suggested his campaign would soon release a “very comprehensive policy.”

When asked during an interview with Pittsburgh's KDKA whether he was in favor of limiting a person's right to contraception, Trump did not rule it out.

“We're looking at that, and I'm going to be drafting a policy on that soon, and I think it's something you'll find interesting,” he said.

When asked if that meant he was open to states banning specific forms of contraception, such as Plan B, “the morning-after pill,” Trump indicated he was in favor of leaving the decisions up to the states.

“Things really have a lot to do with the states and some states will have different policies than others,” the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee said, adding more details would follow “within the next week or so.”

Trump has a history of asking uncomfortable questions, saying there will be a plan in “two weeks.”

In a interview Speaking to Time magazine last month, Trump said there would be a “major declaration” on mailing out abortion pills and enforcement of the Comstock Act “in the next fourteen days.”

When the reporter placed a call two weeks later, Trump again said a statement would be made “in the next two weeks.”

Trump has long avoided commenting directly on hot-button policy issues like abortion and contraception, which have been stumbling over Republicans since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Still, Trump regularly takes credit for the decision, and he did so again on Tuesday.

“We did something that everyone wanted. We're getting rid of Roe v. Wade,” Trump said.

But the former president has avoided saying how much he will restrict those rights when he returns to the White House next year. He dodged a question Tuesday about whether he would veto a national abortion ban, saying, “I don't think there would be any reason to do so.”

Trump has taken the position that abortion policy should be left to the states. But that too has led to attacks, including from right-wing parties who expressed disappointment that the former president did not embrace a federal minimum standard for abortion.

President Biden and his campaign team have sounded the alarm about what a second Trump term will mean for women and reproductive rights, and a spokeswoman for the Biden-Harris campaign said Trump's comments show Republicans' clear focus on contraception .

“Women across the country are already suffering from Donald Trump's post-Roe nightmare, and if he wins a second term, it's clear he wants to go even further by limiting access to birth control and emergency contraceptives,” Biden said- Harris spokesperson Sarafina Chitika. in a statement.

“It is not enough for Trump that women's lives are endangered, doctors are threatened with prison, and extreme bans are issued with no exceptions for rape or incest. He also wants to deprive us of our freedom to access contraception,” Chitika said.

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