House Speaker Mike Johnson Says No to Federal Abortion Restrictions

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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said he does not anticipate Republicans passing a federal abortion restriction, should Republicans gain control of both chambers of Congress and the White House.

In an interview with Politico published on Friday, Johnson pointed to former President Donald Trump’s official abortion position, which Trump revealed in April, ending months-long speculation about how he would handle the issue should he be elected in November. Johnson also quoted Breitbart News’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart, who famously coined the phrase “politics is downstream from culture.”

“If there is Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the White House next year, do you anticipate passing any sort of nationwide abortion ban?” Politico‘s Rachael Bade asked Johnson. 

“No, I don’t,” Johnson replied. 

He continued: 

Politico‘s Ryan Lizza also asked Johnson, “Do you anticipate putting forward any legislation on abortion before the election?”

“No,” Johnson answered.

When Trump announced his official position on abortion ahead of the November presidential election, he noted that while the issue of abortion is often a deep moral choice for many voters one way or another, Republicans must “also win elections to restore the culture.”

“You must follow your heart of this issue, but remember, you must also win elections to restore our culture, and, in fact, to save our country, which is currently and very sadly, a nation in decline,” he said. “Our nation needs help. It needs unity. It needs us all to work closely together”:

Democrats, as well as President Joe Biden’s campaign, have been heavily banking on driving voter turnout around the topic of abortion, using the issue to paint Republicans as “extreme” and a threat to women. Biden’s campaign has continued to claim Trump and Republicans will pass a federal abortion ban, should he be elected.

“They are desperate to spread misinformation and lies about President Trump because Crooked Joe can’t catch up in the polls. The American people know the truth,” Trump spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt told Breitbart News in April.

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  1. Mr. Johnson and President Trump are right. The SCOTUS sent it back to the states to decide. This is not a federal matter. There are no abortion rights in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Roe v wade was unconstitutional as a federal law. It must be determined by the states.

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