- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2024

Former President Donald Trump said he hasn’t determined a period after which abortions should be banned but has considered 15 or 16 weeks.

“Largely they’re coming in with a certain number of weeks, and the number 15 is mentioned. I haven’t agreed to any number. I’m going to see,” Mr. Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday. “We want to take an issue that is very polarizing and get it settled and solved so everybody can be happy.”

He did mention that the decision should be in the states’ hands, citing decisions in Kansas and Ohio.

“More and more, I’m hearing 15 weeks and I haven’t decided yet. Also, we got it back to the states where it belongs,” he said.

Mr. Trump has mostly stayed away from discussing abortion but has taken credit for playing a role in the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

The New York Times reported last week that the former president privately likes the idea of a 16-week national ban with the exceptions of rape, incest and to save the mother’s life.

He offered up his criticism of last month’s Alabama Supreme Court ruling that said frozen embryos are people.

“Under my leadership, the Republican Party will always support the creation of strong, thriving, healthy American families. We want to make it easier for mothers and fathers to have babies, not harder! That includes supporting the availability of fertility treatments like IVF in every State in America,” Mr. Trump wrote on Truth Social last month.

He added, “Like the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of Americans, including the VAST MAJORITY of Republicans, Conservatives, Christians and Pro-Life Americans, I strongly support the availability of IVF for couples who are trying to have a precious baby.”

The former president called on the Alabama Legislature to “find an immediate solution to preserve the availability of IVF in Alabama.”

The court ruled that frozen 

• Mallory Wilson can be reached at mwilson@washingtontimes.com.

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