Former President Donald Trump on Friday gloated about his role in the Supreme Court’s seismic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, saying the decision was “only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including the nomination and confirmation of three highly respected and strong constitutional scholars to the Supreme Court of the United States”.
Friday’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization fulfilled one of Trump’s presidential campaign wishes: that he would appoint Supreme Court justices who were ideologically opposed to abortion rights and vote to overturn Roe. against Wade.
In the 5-1-3 ruling, his three Supreme Court nominees — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — provided the crucial votes to strike down the federal abortion law.
In a social media post On Friday, the ex-president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., sang, “Fuck off and find out!!!” with a meme bragging that Roe v. Wade was canceled following former President Barack Obama mocking his father in 2011.
Trump was a proponent of abortion rights before seeking to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. he once described himself as “very pro-choice.” But as a presidential candidate, in return for electoral support from far-right grassroots groups in the party, he publicly pledged to oppose abortion. In March 2016, he went so far as to say “there must be some form of punishment” for people who have illegal abortions.
He later backtracked on those comments, but not on his pledge to support the Tories’ 50-year plan to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“It … will happen automatically in my opinion because I put pro-life judges in court,” he said during an October 2016 debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “Another two or maybe three judges.”
On demand of Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, candidate Trump also promised to try to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which limits the use of federal funds for health care to cover abortions.
In return, the SBA List and its super PAC have poured millions of dollars and mobilized hundreds of thousands of conservative voters into supporting Trump’s election and preserving a Republican majority in the Senate during his presidency.
Trump’s candidates were needed to produce a drastic power shift on the ground.
Just a year before he was elected president, the court rejected a Texas law that posed a major challenge to the rights established in Roe v. Wade. Without the votes of the Trump justices, it’s unlikely the Supreme Court would have even taken up Dobbs v. Jackson, because the Mississippi law was basically such an extreme violation of previous precedent.
“I think ultimately it’s something that will work for everyone,” Trump said earlier Friday in an interview with Fox News. “It brings everything back to the states where it always belonged.”
In 2016, Trump acknowledged that reversing abortion rights would likely force millions of people to have illegal and possibly unsafe abortions:
“You go back to a position like they had where they might go to illegal places,” he said at the time. “But you must ban it.”
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