If he were to be elected president again in 2024, former President Donald Trump has said that he will work to reduce abortions in the country, but not through more legislation or bans but through incentivizing adoptions.
In an interview he gave on Monday with Just the News, Trump said that the fact that he was able to remake the Supreme Court during his time in the White House helped to overturn the landmark decision of Roe v Wade last summer. In doing so, pro-life people gained “the upper hand” in the fight over abortion.
With states around the country now having the power to restrict abortions in the way they want, Trump says that if he were president again, he would make some moves at the federal level to help reduce abortions across the country in a different way.
As he said:
“I think it’s very important that if I win … we’ll be pressing the adoption option.”
During the interview, which covered a wide range of topics, Trump said he is opposed to abortion, though he definitely believes that there should be exceptions available in the bans that states are passing. For instance, he pointed out that women should have the choice to have an abortion if they were victims of incest or rape.
Pushing for those exceptions is not just a good political strategy, but it’s also the right thing to do morally. As he said:
“I’m a person who feels that the exceptions are very important for a lot of reasons. But they’re also important from the standpoint of an election. If you don’t have the exceptions, it’s very, very hard. I think that’s been proven. It’s very, very hard to win an election.
“Now, I don’t say you do it for that. You do it for other reasons, moral reasons. You do it for what you really believe. But it still is a very, very difficult thing to overcome, I would say from the standpoint of an election.”
Trump pointed out that prior to his administration, it would have been impossible to even have these conversations about reducing abortions, since Roe v Wade was in place. He commented:
“I did something that nobody else in 52 years was able to do. I got rid of Roe v Wade. But, what it really did is it gave pro-life people the right to negotiate and a tremendous power to negotiate. Before, they had no chance of doing anything.”
Since the Supreme Court overturned the case last summer, the former president said he has been working hard with his team to figure out what could be done from a federal policy perspective.
One possibility he raised was creating an “adoption corps” that would essentially make it easier for parents to get pre-approved to adopt a baby from a woman who was trying to decide whether to get an abortion.
Trump pointed out that tax breaks could create incentives for the adoptive parents and the birth mother, so that the baby could be born and find a good home. He explained:
“I think the incentive is great, and I think the concept of adoption is fantastic … It could go a long way, and it’s something that I would be supportive of.”