Trump Backtracks on Birth Control After Criticism

( – Women’s reproductive rights have been at the forefront of political discussions for quite some time. First, there was the 2022 Supreme Court decision overturning the landmark case Roe v. Wade. Several states are seeing legal challenges to abortion bans enacted after that ruling. Then, earlier this year, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children, putting the future of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at risk. The Arizona Supreme Court then resurrected an 1864 law. Now, birth control is at the forefront of conversations, and former President Donald Trump recently backtracked on his comments.

On Tuesday, May 21, the Biden campaign released a video of Trump reportedly discussing birth control with political analyst Jon Delano of KDKA. When asked if he supported “restrictions on a person’s right to contraception,” Trump responded, saying his team was “looking” at the issue, per POLITICO. He continued on, noting that he was “going to have a policy on that very shortly,” saying “it’s something that you’ll find interesting.” Then he commented, “Things really do have a lot to do with the states.”

That video footage led to a lot of speculation as to whether Trump planned to put restrictions on birth control at a federal level if he’s re-elected. However, he seemed to backtrack on his comments to KDKA in a post later that day on his social media platform Truth Social.

Trump made it clear, in all caps, stating neither he nor the Republican Party supports a ban on contraception. He accused the Democrats of spreading misinformation and fabricated lies.

This isn’t the end of the abortion or birth control issue, either. The Supreme Court is set to take up a case that could affect the widespread availability of mifepristone, one half of the drug concoction that ends a pregnancy. On the issue of IVF, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Katie Britt (R-AL) have introduced legislation that would protect access at a federal level.

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