In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend, Trump went after his key GOP primary opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for signing a six-week abortion ban, calling it a “terrible thing.”
Abortion has been a losing issue for the GOP at the polls ever since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year by the Supreme Court, leading most Republican presidential candidates to shy away from commitments at the federal level if elected.
Trump’s criticisms of abortion bans are a risky move, especially as he competes in the Iowa caucuses, where white, evangelical voters command significant sway.
In an apparent effort to recalibrate after blowback to his "Meet the Press" comments, Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social and boasted how he “got the job done” on Roe by appointing a conservative supermajority to the Supreme Court that overturned the landmark abortion case.
The former president remains in a healthy position to take risks on the campaign trail. He leads the second most popular candidate, DeSantis, by more than 40 points, according to FiveThirtyEight, though this lead shrinks to 35 points among Iowa voters in a recent Emerson College poll.
While Trump won the 2016 presidential election without clinching the Iowa caucus, his relative absence in the state and criticisms of a core issue for a major voting bloc present opportunities for his GOP rivals to attack him and try to secure inroads with voters.
A group of experts and abortion-rights advocates have launched a new chatbot called Charley in an effort to help women access abortion care in the U.S. A website for the chatbot says it was created to help people learn more about their possible options when seeking abortion care, especially in states where the procedure has been restricted. Charley will provide users with information about different abortion care methods, …
New data collected from wastewater samples indicates that detected COVID-19 levels are decreasing nationwide, while cases and hospitalizations continue to tick up. The levels of COVID detected in wastewater samples dropped by about 5 percent nationwide in the last week, according to data from Biobot Analytics, a platform that tracks COVID through wastewater. Data from wastewater can provide early warnings of the spread of COVID …
Former President Trump on Tuesday sought to clarify his position on abortion after facing backlash from some conservatives for calling Florida’s ban on the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy a “terrible thing.” “I was able to do something that nobody thought was possible, end Roe v. Wade,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “For 52 years, people talked, spent vast amounts of money, but couldn’t get the job done. I got the job …
The Senate HELP committee will hold a markup session on Thursday for bills dealing with maternal health, pediatric research as well as the community health center funding bill introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) last week.
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Sacramento prosecutor sues California’s capital city over failure to clean up homeless encampments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento’s top prosecutor is suing the city’s leaders over failure to cleanup homeless encampments, escalating a monthslong dispute with leaders in California’s capital city. County District Attorney Thien Ho announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a news conference in Sacramento, saying the city is seeing a “collapse …