Trump Backtracks on Contraceptive Restrictions

( – On May 21, former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to clarify his stance on contraceptive restrictions.

The post followed an interview with a TV station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he stated that “within a week or so” he would release his policy for contraceptives.

Trump was also asked if Congress were to pass a federal 15-week abortion ban, whether he would veto it, with Trump not ruling it out. However, he does not believe there is a reason for legislation that includes a ban.

In his May 21 post, Trump clarified his comments, writing that he has never advocated for, and never will advocate for, “IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON BIRTH CONTROL, or other contraceptives.” He added that the Republican Party also does not support a ban on birth control.

When asked about the interview, a Trump campaign official stated that Trump previously said he would release his policy on the prescription medication often used for medication abortions, mifepristone, adding Trump “has never advocated for restrictions on contraceptives.”

By late June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a challenge to abortion medications and the use of such drugs through mail delivery without a woman ever seeing a doctor in person. In 2022, half of all abortions performed in the United States involved medication.

While Trump has not previously mentioned wanting to ban contraceptives, he has repeatedly stated that he believes states should control their abortion laws. In April, he released a video noting that he appointed the Supreme Court justices who helped overturn Roe v. Wade, giving the issue back to the states.

President Joe Biden’s campaign responded to Trump’s comments during the interview by posting video clips on Twitter claiming Trump wants to take away the right for women to “access birth control.” In a statement, Biden campaign spokesperson Sarafina Chitika said women “are already suffering” since the Supreme Court overturned Roe, adding that Trump wants to restrict “access to birth control and emergency contraceptives.”

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