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Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Says Trump’s Reported Abortion Position Threatens Democracy

February 21, 2024

The Massachusetts Democratic Party is not happy with reports that former President Donald Trump privately supports a federal gestational limit of 16 weeks for elective abortions.

Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman Steve Kerrigan claimed that by opposing later elective abortions, Trump is a threat to democracy. He also said that opposing killing babies in abortions is “cruel” and called a 16-week gestational limit “extreme.”

“This reporting once again shows us that Donald Trump’s threats to our democracy know no bounds,” Kerrigan said in a press release. “Overturning Roe was not enough for Trump and MAGA Republicans and they will take extreme steps to roll back our rights if elected to the White House this fall. We all have an obligation to ensure voters know what is truly at stake in this next election and to reject the cruel and extreme plans Trump has concocted to energize his base.” 

The Trump campaign has denied that this is the former president’s position.

“As President Trump has stated, he would sit down with both sides and negotiate a deal that everyone will be happy with,” Trump campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt said in a statement. “President Trump appointed strong Constitutionalist federal judges and Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and sent the decision back to the states, which others have tried to do for over 50 years.”

In 47 out of 50 European countries, elective abortion is banned before 15 weeks gestation.

About 93 percent of all abortions in the United States occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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