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Where President Biden and Trump stand on reproductive rights

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have differing views on abortion, but they both have said they do not support a federal abortion ban.
Posted at 11:09 AM, May 06, 2024

Reproductive rights figures to be a major issue in the first presidential election since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have differing views on the right to abortion, but both of their views have evolved over the years.

President Biden on abortion

President Biden has said his Catholic faith makes abortion one of the most challenging issues for him in public life. In the early 1970s, then-Senator Biden said Roe "went too far."

That is not President Biden's position today.

In a recent speech in Tampa, Florida, President Biden said, "It will be all of us who restore those rights for women in America."

This year, the president is campaigning to bring back Roe v. Wade and to provide women with more reproductive rights.

Earlier this year, Vice President Kamala Harris became the first person to visit an abortion clinic while holding the second-highest office in the country.

Efforts to protect reproductive rights also played a role in nominating and confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Trump on abortion

Trump's position on abortion is different from President Biden's, but it's also nuanced. Like President Biden, Trump's position now is different from what it was before he got into politics. He previously said he supported the right to choose. However, in a recent Truth Social post, Trump expressed satisfaction that he was able to overturn Roe.

"I was proudly the person responsible," Trump said.

Trump points to appointing three Supreme Court justices to the high court who ultimately supported the overturning of Roe.

Twenty-one states now ban abortion or restrict the procedure earlier in pregnancy than the standard set by Roe.

In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Trump said he was fine with states monitoring pregnancies and even possibly prosecuting someone for getting an abortion. Trump, though, has spoken out against some state abortion laws.

For instance, he said he was against an 1864 law in Arizona that restricted abortion in the state. After public outcry, lawmakers voted to repeal the law.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs


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There is one area where Trump and President Biden agree: Both of them say they do not support a federal ban on abortion.