(RNS) — President Donald Trump, who has touted himself as the “most pro-life president ever” and whose Supreme Court appointments clinched the majority that would overturn Roe v. Wade, has pivoted away from more strident anti-abortion rhetoric and railed against a six-week abortion ban, signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as a “terrible thing and a terrible mistake.”Earlier this year, Trump blamed the “abortion issue” for the GOP’s lackluster results in the 2022 midterm elections. And during a Sept. 18 appearance on “Meet the Press,” he pledged to work with Democrats to pass national abortion legislation if elected.
His stance is raising frustration among anti-abortion activists and spurring his Republican primary opponents to try to peel away conservative religious voters from the former president.
“While there are a number of areas that both sides on the abortion issue can come to an agreement on, like paid maternity leave and childcare aid, there is no compromise on whether abortion should be legal or not,” Abby Johnson, who runs the anti-abortion group And Then There Were None, which she describes as a ministry, said in a statement.
“No specific number of weeks is acceptable past conception for those of us who believe in the sanctity of life. Any candidate who is truly pro-life should be able to vow to sign any pro-life legislation that comes across their desk. President Trump’s disappointing comments only serve as an avenue for pro-lifers to find another candidate to support,” Joh …