Abortion rights are undoubtedly a critical issue that every presidential candidate will need to address during the campaign. This topic has gained prominence in several states, particularly those with Republican leadership, where access to abortion is severely restricted, prompting ongoing challenges from rights advocates. These developments follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had previously guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.
Joe Biden, Nikki Haley, and former U.S. President Donald Trump each hold distinct views on this matter. Recently, Haley reiterated her support for abortion rights, emphasizing its significance for both men and women. She cautioned Republicans against pursuing laws that would incarcerate women for undergoing abortions.
“Can’t we agree that no state law should say to a woman that if she has an abortion she’s going to jail or get the death penalty, let’s just start there,” Haley said at a Pints & Politics event in Charleston, South Carolina. “I will not be a part of demonizing this issue.”
Haley declared her firm pro-life stance, influenced by her husband’s adoption and her own difficulties with childbirth.
“I mean, no offense, but the fellas don’t know how to talk about this, and they just don’t… The issue of abortion is incredibly personal to every woman and every man, and it requires respect,” Haley said.
How we got here
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had established a constitutional right to abortion, the topic has remained highly contentious. Figures such as Haley, former President Donald Trump, and President Joe Biden have each presented differing perspectives on the matter.
In the wake of the overturn, numerous states with Republican leadership activated “trigger laws” that immediately imposed bans on abortion.
What we know
CNN last year covered a story where Louisiana State Representative Danny McCormick introduced a bill aiming to make abortions a criminal offense, subjecting women who undergo the procedure to imprisonment.
During an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation last month, when Haley was questioned about her views on abortion, she confirmed, “Yes, I’m unapologetically pro-life.”
She further mentioned her support for a federal law that would prohibit abortions.
“I’ve said I’m fine with a federal law. But the thing is, in order to get a federal law, you have to have a majority of the House, 60 senators and a signature of the president,” Haley said.
Biden keeps the pro-Democrat views
Biden has expressed his support for allowing women to receive abortions.
“As the President has made clear since the day of the Dobbs decision, the only way to ensure women in every state have access to abortion is for Congress to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade,” the White House said in a statement in June.
Trump views on abortion rights and laws
Abortion rights are expected to be a significant issue in the forthcoming election, with Trump leading the race for the GOP nomination.
During a September interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, when questioned about his stance on a federal abortion ban, Trump replied, “It could be state or it could be federal, I frankly don’t have a preference.”
“I would sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I would or I wouldn’t,” Trump added.