Trump Urges Republicans to Embrace Pragmatism on Abortion – A Call for Open-mindedness in Pursuit of Real Solutions


Former President Donald Trump Urges Republicans to Change Messaging on Abortion Issues

Former President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Republicans, stating that the party must change its messaging on abortion issues if they want to avoid electoral failure in the upcoming 2024 elections. Despite facing 91 felony charges, including accusations of attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, Trump remains the most favored candidate in the crowded field of hopefuls for the GOP presidential nomination. According to FiveThirtyEight’s national polling average, around 55 percent of likely GOP voters plan to vote for Trump next year, significantly surpassing his closest competitor, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has 14 percent support.

Trump’s Impact on Abortion Issues

One of the significant accomplishments during Trump’s presidency, especially among Republicans, was his appointment of three conservative justices to the Supreme Court. This resulted in the landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last summer, effectively ending federal abortion protections. Since then, several GOP-controlled states have enacted varying degrees of strict anti-abortion laws, including outright bans in some cases.

Former President Donald Trump on the campaign trail.
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The overturning of Roe v. Wade, however, has proven to be a double-edged sword for the Republican Party when it comes to public opinion. Polls consistently show that a solid majority of voters support abortion access. Even in traditionally red states like Kansas and Ohio, special elections have seen voters back measures to protect abortion rights. Observers have warned that if Republicans do not moderate their stance on abortion and embrace exceptions in certain cases, their future electoral prospects could be in jeopardy.

Trump’s Call for Change

In a series of posts on his social networking platform, Truth Social, Trump emphasized his role in overturning Roe v. Wade while urging the GOP to change their tactics on abortion ahead of the 2024 elections. He stated that, like Ronald Reagan before him, he believes in exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Trump acknowledged that without these exceptions, it would be challenging to win elections and could potentially lead to losing the majorities in 2024, including the presidency itself. He stressed the importance of learning how to effectively discuss abortion to secure victory in future elections, citing the issue as a costly and unnecessary setback during the recent midterms.

Clarifying Misinformation

Notably, Trump made claims in one of his posts about Democrats supporting abortions in the “5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th month” of pregnancies. While it is accurate that abortions can occur in the third trimester, they are relatively rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all abortions. The majority of third-trimester abortions are sought in response to medical developments that threaten the life of the mother or due to non-viability of the fetus.

Response from Other Candidates

Trump’s recent comments on abortion have been seized upon by other candidates. The Never Back Down PAC, supporting Ron DeSantis, released a campaign ad accusing Trump of not supporting the pro-life movement. In response, Trump’s spokesman, Steven Cheung, criticized DeSantis, claiming that his popularity is declining rapidly, and he lacks the ability to defeat President Joe Biden.

It remains to be seen how the Republican Party will respond to Trump’s call for a change in messaging on abortion issues. As the 2024 elections approach, Republicans will need to carefully consider their stance on abortion to attract and retain voter support.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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