Former President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down federal abortion rights, saying in a statement that “I did everything I promised.”
The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned his 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and brought abortion policy back to states, many of which are willing to severely restrict the procedure.
“Today’s decision, which is the biggest VICTORY for LIFE in a generation, along with other decisions announced recently, was only possible because I did everything I promised, including nominating and receiving three respected and strong Constitutionalists, confirmed by the United states. State Supreme Court,” Trump said in a statement.
“It was a great honor for me to do this! I did not give in to the radical left democrats, their fake news media partners or RINO, who are also true but silent enemies of the people,” he added.
“These major victories prove that while the radical left is doing everything in their power to destroy our country, your rights are protected, the country is protected, and there is still hope and time to save America!”
Trump, who is hinting at a possible rematch against President Biden in 2024, also noted the decision in an interview with Foxnews.com.
“I think it will work for everyone in the end,” Trump said. “It returns everything to the state it always belonged to.”
Trump told Fox, when asked about his own role in the decision, that “God made the decision.”
Trump nominated three of the five judges who voted to vacate Rowe. A sixth, Chief Justice John Roberts, issued a concurring ruling saying that he would have upheld Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban without repealing Rowe. The court’s three judges appointed by Democratic presidents disagreed.
Biden also paid tribute to Trump’s judicial nominees in a scathing address to the nation from the White House following the ruling.
“These were three judges appointed by one president, Donald Trump, who are at the core of today’s decision to flip the scales of justice and abolish the fundamental right of women in this country,” the president said.
The Democratic National Committee on Friday criticized Trump for celebrating the decision, with spokeswoman Adonna Beal saying, “With Donald Trump at the helm, MAGA Republicans are championing extreme anti-choice politics and showing just how much is at stake in November.”
Trump’s own views on abortion have changed over time. In 1999, he stated that he was “strongly in favor of the choice” when he tried to run for president as the Reform Party candidate. In 2011, he stated that he was opposed to abortion.
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“I changed my mind a few years ago,” Trump said at the time.
“My friend’s wife was pregnant, in this case she got married. She was pregnant and… he didn’t really want a baby. And he told me a story. He cries when he speaks to me. They ended for some amazing reason, by luck, because they didn’t have the right time, he ended up having a baby, and the baby is the apple of his eye. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him.”
Biden’s views on abortion have also changed over the years.
As a senator, Biden voted in 1982 for a proposed constitutional amendment that would have returned abortion policy to the states. At the time, Biden cited his Catholic upbringing. But on Friday, he said the Dobbs decision “casts a dark shadow over large swaths of land” and called on voters to elect Democrats in the fall to restore abortion rights.