In an interview with Fox News Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that he would appoint pro-life Supreme Court judges to the bench, but stopped short of saying that his nominees would necessarily be against Roe v. Wade.
Trump enumerated his position on abortion in response to a question from an “O’Reilly Factor” watcher.
“I have a question from a viewer,” host Bill O’Reilly said. “‘Donald Trump says he is pro-life. Please ask him to name one specific thing he would do to protect the sanctity of human life.’”
“Well, I think that what we’re doing — and I think it’s a very important element in what I’ve done — I have become pro-life,” Trump said.
“I was in a meek fashion pro-choice, but I have become pro-life,” Trump added. “And the reason is I have seen — in my case one specific situation — but numerous situations that have made me to go that way. I will protect it, and the biggest way you can protect it is through the Supreme Court and putting people on the court. And actually the biggest way you can protect it, I guess, is by electing me president.”
When asked if his nominees to the Supreme Court would have to pass a litmus test of being against Roe v. Wade, Trump responded, “Look, I’m going to put conservative judges on.”
“I think one of the biggest things happening in terms of this election are, you know, it could be as many as five judges will be appointed over the next four and a half years,” he continued.
“So we’re talking about five judges. And I think probably the most important thing that — one of the most important things, other than the security itself of the country — is going to be the appointment of four to five Supreme Court justices, and I will be doing that.”
When pressed again, Trump said, “Well, they will be pro-life, and we will see about overturning,” adding, “But I will appoint judges that will be pro-life, yes.”
It would be nice to hear Trump come out as definitively for overturning Roe v. Wade. However, his statement on the “O’Reilly Factor” is a good start, and we can only hope for more on abortion in the coming months.
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