Trump walks back comments on restricting contraceptives after facing backlash

Former President Donald Trump is attempting to backtrack on his previous remarks, which implied that he may consider limiting access to contraceptives. Despite facing criticism, he is now retracting his stance on this issue.

During an interview with Pittsburgh TV station KDKA-TV, Trump was asked if he supports any limitations on an individual’s access to contraceptives.

“We are currently examining this matter and will soon be implementing a policy regarding it,” Trump stated. “I believe it will be of great interest to you, as it is another captivating issue we are addressing.”

Trump evaded the question when pressed to clarify if he would consider endorsing certain limitations on contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.

“Some states will have different policies than others, as things can vary greatly depending on the state.”

In the midst of an election year, his remarks are particularly relevant as the accessibility of abortion and contraception continues to be important for numerous voters.

President Joe Biden’s campaign wasted no time capitalizing on Trump’s remarks, portraying him as a president aiming to limit access to birth control and emergency contraceptives.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris are committed to safeguarding women’s access to birth control and defending their right to make personal healthcare choices, in stark contrast to Trump’s efforts to limit these freedoms,” stated Sarafina Chitika, spokesperson for Biden’s campaign.

The former president promptly turned to social media to clarify his stance, emphasizing that he was not endorsing any limitations on contraceptives.

“I will never support imposing restrictions on birth control or other contraceptives,” he emphasized in a post on his social media platform.

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The Trump campaign made additional efforts to explain, stating that the policy mentioned by the former president in the interview was specifically targeting the abortion pill, mifepristone.

During the interview, Trump was not questioned specifically about the abortion medication. Instead, the local journalist inquired about his stance on imposing limitations on individuals’ access to contraception. Trump has often highlighted his appointment of three Supreme Court justices, which has paved the way for the reversal of Roe v. Wade. However, in an effort to temper the heated debate surrounding this topic, he has recently expressed support for certain exceptions and suggested that the matter should be addressed at the state level.

Trump is still being questioned about his stance on abortion, with many people eager for him to provide more specific policy details on the matter.

In a recent interview with TIME, Donald Trump mentioned that he would be releasing a statement within two weeks to clarify his stance on mifepristone. However, when questioned about the delayed announcement, sources from his campaign informed ABC News that it would be made public in the near future.

Trump appears to purposely maintain a level of ambiguity regarding reproductive rights. He acknowledges the significance of not alienating voters with a firm stance in order to secure electoral success. Nevertheless, his persistent inquiries on the matter highlight the ongoing relevance of this issue as we approach the November election.

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