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Trump Signals He’s Open to State Limits on Contraceptive Access, Then Insists He’s Not • Florida Phoenix

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee, suggested during a taped interview with a Pittsburgh television news station on Tuesday that he might be open to states restricting access to contraceptives, although he later appeared to backtrack. .

Republican presidential candidate Former President Donald Trump speaks to guests during a rally at Clinton High School on Jan. 6, 2024, in Clinton, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“We’re looking at that and I’m going to have a policy on that very soon and I think it’s something you’ll find interesting,” Trump said on KDKA. “It is another topic that is very interesting. But you will find him very intelligent. “I think it’s a smart decision, but we will release it very soon.”

Trump was asked if he supports “any restriction on a person’s right to contraception.”

Trump later added that “things really have a lot to do with the states. And some states will have different policies than others.” That comment came right after he was asked if he “might want to support some restrictions, like the morning-after pill or something.”

The former president, who is on trial for allegedly facilitating money payments to an adult film actress during his 2016 campaign to cover up a previous affair, later posted on his social media platform that he was not advocating for restrictions on the control of the birth rate.

“I HAVE NEVER PROPOSED AND WILL NEVER PROPOSE TO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON BIRTH CONTROL or other contraceptives,” Trump wrote. “This is a lie manufactured by the DISINFORMATION/DISINFORMATION Democrats, because they have nothing else to base it on except FAILURE, POVERTY AND DEATH. “I DO NOT SUPPORT BANING BIRTH CONTROL AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY EITHER!”

Supreme Court rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court has twice ruled in favor of the right to privacy in contraceptive decisions, meaning that any state that wanted to restrict or ban access to contraception would quickly see that law challenged in federal court.

In the case Griswold v. In 1965 Connecticut, the justices struck down a Connecticut law that prevented married couples from using contraception, writing that “the right to privacy can be inferred from various amendments to the Bill of Rights, and this right prevents states from making the The use of contraceptives by married couples is illegal.

The Supreme Court later ruled in Eisenstadt v. Baird’s 1972 study that the same privacy rights that protected married couples’ decision-making about contraception also protected single people.

In that case, the justices held that “unmarried couples have the right to use contraceptives, based on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the more nebulous constitutional right to privacy.”

Biden-Harris spokeswoman Sarafina Chitika issued a written statement Tuesday saying Trump’s comments show he “wants to rip away our freedom to access birth control.”

“Women across the country are already suffering from Donald Trump’s post-Roe nightmare, and if he wins a second term, it’s clear he wants to go even further by restricting access to contraception and emergency methods,” Chitika wrote. “It is not enough for Trump that women’s lives are put at risk, doctors are threatened with prison sentences, and extreme bans are enacted with no exceptions for rape or incest.”

KDKA-TV Money & Politics Editor Jon Delano posted on social media that viewers interested in Trump’s interview could tune in at “4, 5 and 6 to hear commentary on the trial, abortion, contraceptives, the economy, energy, trade and the fairness of the Palestinian Authority election.”

The Biden campaign posted clips of the interview on its social media account, but they did not appear to be available anywhere else before KDKA aired.

Other political suggestions from Trump

Trump has hinted he will offer clear policy plans before, telling Time magazine in an interview in April that his campaign would release details in the coming weeks about his “strong opinions” on access to mifepristone. The campaign had not done so as of Tuesday afternoon.

The drug is one of two drugs used in medication abortions and is now before the US Supreme Court.

The justices heard oral arguments in the case in March and are expected to decide this summer whether to leave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s prescribing guidelines in place or return to what was used before the changes began. come into force in 2016.

Trump said during the Time magazine interview that he was not going to explain his beliefs about access to mifepristone at the time.

“Well, I have an opinion on that, but I’m not going to explain it,” Trump said, according to the transcript of the interview. “I’m not going to say it yet. But I have pretty strong opinions about it. And I will probably release it within the next week.”