Ahead of South Carolina primary, Trump says he strongly supports IVF after Alabama court ruling

Feb24,2024



Rock Hill: Former President Donald Trump Said Friday that he would “strongly support the availability of.” IVF“And called on lawmakers in Alabama to preserve access to the treatment that has become a new flashpoint in 2024 presidential election,
It was his first comments since the Alabama Supreme Court's decision, which caused some providers in the state to suspend their in vitro fertilization programs and has left Republicans divided on the issue.
Trump said in a post on his Truth social network, “Under my leadership,… Republican Party We will always support building strong, prosperous, healthy American families. We want to make it easier for moms and dads to have kids, not harder!”
The all-Republican Alabama Supreme Court, one of the most conservative judicial panels in the country, ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law. Since then, some Alabama clinics and hospitals, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, have announced a pause on IVF services.
The outcome deepens divisions among conservatives over abortion and other reproductive services in a campaign year, with debate already looming over whether Republicans will have to pursue national abortion limits after the U.S. Supreme Court's 2022 decision. Should, which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. trump And former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, his last remaining major rival for the GOP presidential nomination, have both warned against a full national ban and have now distanced themselves from the Alabama case.
As president, Trump nominated the three judges who overturned Roe and paved the way for state lawmakers across the country to enact dramatic restrictions on abortion access.
“Trump cannot run away from his record and neither can the millions of women who have been hurt by his actions,” Julie Chavez Rodriguez, campaign manager for President Joe Biden, said in a statement.
Trump and Haley were campaigning on Friday ahead of Saturday's South Carolina Republican presidential primary, in which the former president is the heavy favorite despite Haley being elected governor of South Carolina twice. The Alabama decision almost certainly won't change GOP primary dynamics, but the conversation holds important implications for the general election as Republicans try to avoid being tagged by Democrats as extremists on fertility policy.
Leaders of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee acknowledged the threat with an open memo Friday, warning that the Alabama case is “fodder for Democrats hoping to manipulate the abortion issue for electoral advantage.” The memo included talking points for Republican Senate candidates, with “express support for IVF” topping the list of recommendations.
Speaking in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday night, Trump acknowledged tensions among Republicans over the issue and said he had received praise for supporting IVF.
“A lot of politicians were very happy because they didn't know how to react to the decision that came out,” he said. “Now they all know how to respond.”
Haley stayed away from IVF talks on Friday. She said Thursday after the Alabama decision that she views human embryos, the earliest form of development after fertilization, as “babies.” But he also said he disagreed with the Alabama court and said state legislators “should look at the law.” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Republican legislative leaders began talks even before the GOP presidential candidates arrived.
In his social media posts, Trump avoided declaring fetuses as distinct human beings worthy of legal protection. Her statement focused on practical considerations for prospective parents trying to start a family. IVF is typically a month-long process for couples or women who have struggled to conceive naturally and maintain a viable pregnancy. Treatment can cost patients thousands of dollars, with no assurance that the implanted embryo will become viable and end up with a healthy baby.
“I'm pro-family,” Donald Trump Jr. said Friday while campaigning on behalf of his father in Charleston, shortly before the elder Trump issued his own statement. “Families should do what they want to be able to have a family.”
Trump Jr. said he has not discussed the specifics with his father since the Alabama decision, but he said both he and his father know families who have considered IVF as a path to having a child. it used.
The former president and Haley have already found themselves embroiled in abortion and reproductive politics in the 2024 campaign.
Trump has taken credit for overturning the Roe decision, but has also warned Republicans against going too far in adopting statutory restrictions on abortion lest the party lose support from liberal voters. Polling over the years has shown that most Americans, even many who consider themselves “pro-life”, want to maintain some access to the process.
Nonetheless, anti-abortion advocates have suggested that courts should move to consider the fetus a child, although this would sharply increase restrictions on treatments such as IVF. In particular, the Alabama decision raises questions about what will happen to frozen embryos that are not used in implantation procedures, including whether patients are allowed to retain them if they cannot be legally destroyed. There may be financial responsibility and medical providers may face civil and even criminal liabilities in the process.
While campaigning in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, on Friday, Haley stuck to her argument that Trump, who has been impeached four times, is too big a risk for Republicans to seek re-nomination. He reiterated his pledge to remain in the primary battle until at least the March 5 Super Tuesday primaries, and he again attacked Trump for cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Trump is taking the side of a dictator who executes his political opponents,” he said, referring to Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. He recently died in an Arctic prison camp after being jailed by Putin's Kremlin government.
However, Haley's approach still failed to persuade enough Republican primary voters, with Trump leading by wide margins in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. Even in South Carolina, where Haley was once the state's most powerful, popular Republican figure, she has had trouble winning over conservatives.
“I'm assuming every single one of you wants to see change in our country,” she said later in Mount Pleasant, chanting “Nikki! Nikki! Nikki!” Said while raising slogans.
But that crowd of supporters was in hundreds. Trump's numbers were estimated in the thousands.
Jim Schurtz, a 72-year-old retired engineer who came to hear Trump speak in Rock Hill on Friday, even said that Haley was “a terrible governor.” Wearing a red Trump hat with a giant “T” and “2024” on the top, Schurtz said he did not think Haley would be elected governor if she had to run for re-election.
“All she does is take Trump down,” he said.
Both Trumps took aim at Haley, saying she was still in the race to ensure financial gains after the campaign. Trump Jr. suggested Haley was running for a position on the “Raytheon board,” a reference to the defense conglomerate now known as RTX Corp. The former president thought about a different landing spot at his rally: “Maybe she wants to get a contract with CNN.”
Even if Haley can narrow Trump's expected margin, she could see her increase her delegate lead nationally. Statewide winners are awarded to 29 of South Carolina's 50 delegates. The other 21 are distributed according to the results of each of the state's seven congressional districts; Each district gets 3 representatives, up for grabs for the top vote getter. In 2016, Trump used that system to woo South Carolina's delegates.
In Rock Hill, Trump spent more time on a series of attacks directed at Biden, former President Barack Obama and Republican Senator Mitt Romney than talking about Haley. But, Trump joked, “I have an obligation” to mention Haley before the voting begins on Saturday.
So, he predicted: “He's going to have a very bad day tomorrow.”



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