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Trump says he is leaning toward a national 15-week abortion ban

By Doina Chiacu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he was leaning toward a national 15-week abortion ban, but supported exceptions for rape, incest and saving the mother’s life because “you have to win elections.”

Abortion promises to be a galvanizing issue for some female voters in the 2024 presidential election, in which Trump will attempt to dethrone the Democratic Party. President Joe Biden.

The former Republican president, whose three right-wing appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court won the majority needed to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022, has not specifically indicated whether he would sign a national ban into law.

In a radio interview on Tuesday he came close.

“The number of weeks that people agree on now is fifteen. And I think in terms of that. And it will come out to something that is very reasonable. But people really agree, even hardliners agree, it seems like that’s the case.” 15 weeks seems to be a number that people agree on,” Trump said on the “Sid & Friends in the Morning” show on WABC.

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He said he would make an announcement at the right time.

Trump said he supported exceptions to an abortion ban if it involved rape, incest or saving the life of the mother, which he said is supported by the vast majority of Republicans.

Trump said he is telling Republicans who are taking a harder line: “Here’s the problem: You have to win elections. And otherwise you would be back where you started.”

The Biden campaign has targeted Republican restrictions on reproductive rights in states after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe ruling that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion. Voter resistance was widely credited with limiting Republican gains in subsequent congressional elections.

Republicans have passed restrictive abortion laws in nearly two dozen states since the Supreme Court rolled back abortion rights.

Speaking to reporters in Florida on Tuesday as he voted in the state’s primaries, Trump was asked what he thought about a 16-week abortion ban. “We’ll talk about that soon,” he replied.

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The New York Times reported last month that Trump has privately expressed support for a 16-week abortion ban.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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