The reactions to comments from former President Donald Trump condemning the Florida heartbeat law have been quite intense
As LifeNews reported, in a weekend interview, Donald Trump called a heartbeat law protecting babies from abortion a “terrible mistake,” earning scorn from pro-life advocates but a defense from others who say he’s just addressing political reality.
In a new interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, the former president denounced Florida’s heartbeat law protecting unborn children from abortion after six weeks when their heartbeat can be detected, calling it “a terrible thing” and “a terrible mistake.”
Trump also refused to commit to supporting a national law to at least protect babies from abortions starting at 15 weeks, though he said there is room for both federal and state laws.
Responding to Trump’s remarks, pro-life leader Lila Rose of LiveAction was resolute. She said in no uncertain terms that she thinks Trump should not be the Republican presidential nominee.
“Trump should not be the GOP nominee,” Rose said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
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“Pathetic and unacceptable. Trump is actively attacking the very pro-life laws made possible by Roe’s overturning. Heartbeat Laws have saved thousands of babies,” Rose added. “But Trump wants to compromise on babies’ lives so pro-abort Dems ‘like him.’”
Abby Johnson, the pro-life advocate who formerly ran a Planned Parenthood abortion center, was equally condemning.
“The Republican nominee for President should, at minimum, be able to say that men can’t be women and that it’s wrong to kill children in the womb. We’re not asking him to be a rocket scientist. We’re asking him to be a conservative,” she added.
And CatholicVote President Brian Burch told LifeNews he was concerned with Trump’s remarks.
“President Trump’s comments over the weekend have sparked concerns among Catholics over whether he is committed to leading on this issue in the way he did during his first term,” Burch said. “Pro-life Catholic voters helped deliver him the White House in 2016, and a record number of votes in 2020. He cannot expect to win again without these same voters. Any Republican presidential hopeful must draw a clear contrast to the extreme, taxpayer funded, unlimited abortion agenda of Joe Biden.”
Trump and his campaign will have work to do to repair damage with pro-life voters. The outrage over his remarks on social media is palpable and Trump’s comments will cost him primary voters but, if he becomes the nominee, dampen the enthusiasm for his campaign in pro-life circles.
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