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Donald Trump is making some unexpected moves in his third attempt at the White House.

And he is starting to alienate many who were with him just months ago.

But Donald Trump just took one position heading into 2024 that has Pro-Life leaders furious.

It is because of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court picks that Roe v. Wade was finally overturned, saving thousands of babies.

And the Pro-Life community was thrilled with Trump.

From rejoicing to rejecting

But now many Pro-Life leaders and activists are turning away from Donald Trump as he clearly receives bad advice from his consultants.

Trump’s reelection campaign is facing severe backlash from top Pro-Life leaders after it issued a statement suggesting Pro-Life legislation is best left at the state level.

In a recent Washington Post column, the leftist newspaper blasted legislation recently signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, which protects most unborn babies from abortions after six weeks of gestation. 

While the Florida legislation does have exceptions written into the law, it is one of the most sweeping Pro-Life laws passed since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision last year that allowed states to pass legislation banning abortion.

The Post’s column of course attacked the new Florida law and then contrasted DeSantis’ abortion actions and statements with the recent caginess on the issue of the Trump campaign.

Trump thinks it’s too difficult an issue

“Former President Donald Trump has barely spoken about the issue, telling advisers that he believes it is a difficult one for Republicans and not something he should focus his time on,” The Post column claimed. “His campaign did not directly answer whether Trump agreed with the six-week ban in Florida or what policies he would support nationally but instead said Trump believes the issue should be left up to individual states. ‘States’ rights,’ Trump has said privately when advisers have floated the issue, adding his assessment that they should not talk about it.”

And according to some within the Trump campaign, the former President has also said they simply should not talk about it.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung issued a statement to the Post saying Trump “believes that the Supreme Court, led by the three Justices which he supported, got it right when they ruled this is an issue that should be decided at the state level.” 

“Republicans have been trying to get this done for 50 years, but were unable to do so,” the Trump campaign statement went on. 

The most Pro-Life President in history?

The statement went on, “President Trump, who is considered the most Pro-Life President in history, got it done. He will continue these policies when reelected to the White House. Like President Reagan before him, President Trump supports exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.”

The campaign once again refused to respond when The Post attempted one more time to ask if Trump supported the 6-week ban signed into law by Ron DeSantis. 

Kristan Hawkins, President of the leading Pro-Life group in the nation, Students for Life of America, indicated there are worries among many Pro-Life groups and leaders that Trump may not have the “chops” on the issue of abortion that he needs going into 2024.

During a recent big donor retreat in Nashville, Trump did not mention the issue at all in any of his private meetings. 

“His silence spoke very loudly to the Pro-Life movement,” said  Hawkins. “We were pretty disappointed.”

“Facing a Presidential Primary where hard-line activists and voters wield significant influence, Republican candidates need to back some kind of national ban to be successful,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins added, “A ‘states’ rights’ argument is almost a guarantee that they’re not going to advance out of the Primary.”

SBA Pro-Life America, a Pro-Life group that worked closely with Trump responded to the campaign’s weak on life statement.

“President Trump’s assertion that the Supreme Court returned the issue of abortion solely to the states is a completely inaccurate reading of the Dobbs decision and is a morally indefensible position for a self-proclaimed Pro-Life Presidential candidate to hold,” said SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“Life is a matter of human rights, not states’ rights. Saying that the issue should only be decided at the states is an endorsement of abortion up until the moment of birth, even brutal late-term abortions in states like California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey. The only way to save these children is through federal protections, such as a 15-week federal minimum standard when the unborn child can feel excruciating pain.”

Dannenfelser continued, “We will oppose any presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections.”

“Holding to the position that it is exclusively up to the states is an abdication of responsibility by anyone elected to federal office,” Dannenfelser added. 

Jon Schweppe, policy director at the American Principles Project, took it even further, tweeting out, “Donald Trump just committed to ‘no federal role’ on the issue of abortion. In other words, he’s pro-choice now.”

One thing is certain, unless Trump turns this around he is in danger of losing the most powerful and influential voting bloc in GOP Primaries.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.