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Trump addresses conservative Christian group that advocates a national abortion ban

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump will address attendees Saturday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “2024 Road to Majority” conference in Washington — an evangelical group whose advocacy for a national abortion ban runs counter to Trump’s policy statements on the issue.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been on a tight leash in his comments on abortion restrictions, which Democrats see as a liability for the Republican Party in November. Earlier this year, he declined to endorse a national abortion ban, saying the issue should be left for the states to decide.

Despite their differences, Christian conservatives are a key part of Trump’s base and praised his appointment of three conservative Supreme Court justices who later overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.

The Faith and Freedom coalition has advocated for abortion bans in many states since the Supreme Court ruled in June 2022. On Saturday, Trump’s ninth appearance at the group’s “Road to Majority” conference, the former president will be welcomed with open arms, Ralph Reed, the group’s founder and chairman, said in a statement earlier this week.

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“I am confident that President Trump will receive the enthusiastic response from our grassroots activists that he has earned for being such a solid champion for our shared values ​​of faith and freedom,” Reed said.

The former president has been silent on the abortion issue for decades, at various times calling himself “pro-choice” and “pro-life.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley will also speak at the conference on Saturday.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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