For the first time in 40 years, Republicans drop national abortion ban from party platform

The Republican National Committee moved July 8 to adopt a party platform that reflects former President Donald Trump’s position opposing a federal abortion ban and ceding limits to states, omitting the explicit basis for a national ban for the first time in 40 years.

Mr. Trump imposed his priorities on the RNC’s platform committee as he seeks to steer clear during his campaign of strict abortion language, even while taking credit for setting up the 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump appointed three of the six justices who voted in the majority to overturn the 1973 precedent that established a national right to have an abortion.

The scaled-down platform – just 16 pages and with limited specifics on many key Republican issues – reflects a desire by the Trump campaign to avoid giving Democrats more material for their warnings about the former president’s intentions if he wins back the White House. President Joe Biden’s campaign has repeatedly highlighted the “Project 2025” document produced by Mr. Trump’s allies as well as Mr. Trump’s own promises to impose wide-ranging tariffs, replace thousands of government workers with party loyalists, and stage the largest deportation operation in U.S. history.

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