How Biden and Trump Changed Their Minds About Abortion!

On both sides of the abortion debate, both the current president and the one who came before him have become unlikely heroes. But they did not start there.

Two future presidents spoke out about abortion around the turn of the 21st century.

“I’m very pro-choice,” then-real estate businessman Donald Trump said in a 1999 interview on “Meet the Press,” attributing his views to “a little bit of a New York background.”

Trump won the white evangelical voter overwhelmingly, with 81% to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s 16% of that vote, according to exit polls, helping to put him over the top in pivotal states.

“They both switched, in a way,” says Barbara Perry, a presidential scholar and Supreme Court expert at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

She says that for Biden, it was “a change.” Biden was a devout Catholic who had lost a baby in a car accident. He was against abortion, and his voting record showed that he felt this way.

But since then, with changing times and views towards women (not to mention being married to Jill Biden, the first first lady to hold a professional job outside the White House), Biden has become a strong supporter of abortion rights, Perry notes.

Perry says that Trump’s change was a matter of business.

“He’s just a gross opportunist. He said what he needed to say to get the Republican nomination,” Perry says.

Trump still holds rallies and talks about running for president again in 2024, even though Congress is holding damaging hearings about his role in the Jan. 6 uprising. He was happy about the ruling on Friday.

“Trump told Fox News, “This brings everything back to the states, where it has always belonged.” “This is in line with the Constitution and gives back rights that should have been given a long time ago.”

Biden – who was in the Oval Office when the ruling came down and made tweaks to a draft speech prepared in anticipation of the decision – acknowledged in his Friday remarks that there was little he could do to ease the effects of the decision. The president said he would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure “critical medicines” such as the abortion pill are “available to the fullest extent possible.”

The White House also said it would fight any attempts by states to stop women from going to another state to get an abortion.

But, Biden said, the truth is that only Congress can vote to make law what was in the now-defunct Roe decision.

With Biden’s low popularity and midterm trends that don’t help the party in power, Democrats could lose control of the House and possibly the Senate this fall. If that happened, there would be almost no chance that Congress would do anything to make abortion legal. Abortion rights activists worry that if a Republican was president, the GOP Congress would ban all abortions, even in states that are now voting to keep abortion access because of the new Supreme Court ruling.

Democrats hope that the abortion issue will get people who don’t want Republicans in charge but aren’t sure if they want to go to the polls to vote. Friday, a lot of Democratic candidates said that if they were elected, they would fight for abortion rights.

In the past, people who were against abortion were better at getting people to the polls. This may have been because people who supported abortion rights were too sure that Roe wouldn’t be overturned. Democratic operatives think that the ruling on Friday could change that.

The executive director of the Democratic SuperPAC Priorities USA, Danielle Butterfield, says that putting abortion access at the center of our messages before the midterm elections is important to get people to vote against the immediate threat that Republicans pose to both reproductive rights and democracy. “The threat of Republican extremism has grown since 2020, and we’ll remind voters of that to get them to the polls.”

Ossorio thinks women will vote in November to show how they feel about the decision made on Friday.

“We’re at the end of our ropes,” says Ossorio, whose family has had to deal with COVID, a lack of baby food, and a lack of child care for years. “This is a very important turning point. We don’t have the energy to be polite or move out of the way like we’re “supposed” to. Women are now very determined.”

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