Trump Walks Back Remarks on Birth Control Restrictions

In an interview, he said campaign was 'looking at that'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2024 2:22 PM CDT
Trump Denies Supporting Birth Control Restrictions
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha, Wis.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

In an interview released Tuesday, Donald Trump suggested he would be open to allowing states to restrict access to contraception—but he later denied saying anything of the kind.

  • Jon Delano at Pittsburgh station KDKA asked Trump if he supported any restrictions on a person's right to contraception, the Washington Post reports. "We're looking at that, and I'm going to have a policy on that very shortly, and I think it's something that you'll find interesting," said Trump, who promised to release a "comprehensive policy" in around a week.
  • Asked if he would support states that want to ban some forms of birth control, Trump said: "Things really do have a lot to do with the states, and some states are going to have different policy than others."

Video of the interview that had been posted online was later taken down. A Trump campaign official told the AP that Trump plans to make an announcement on medication abortion, not contraception. Video shows, however, that Trump was asked about birth control methods, not specifically about the abortion pill mifepristone the Post reports. Politico reports that in interviews with Time last month, Trump said he would disclose his policy on the abortion pill in "a week or two."

The Biden posted a clip from the interview on X and accused Trump of supporting "bans on contraception, including the morning after pill." In a post on Truth Social: Trump said, "I HAVE NEVER, AND WILL NEVER ADVOCATE IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON BIRTH CONTROL, or other contraceptives." He said reports suggesting otherwise were a "Democrat fabricated lie," adding, "I DO NOT SUPPORT A BAN ON BIRTH CONTROL, AND NEITHER WILL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!" (More Donald Trump stories.)

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