But abortion opponents are cheering the president’s decision to talk more about the issue, which they say will put Democrats on the defensive.
“I do expect this issue, this conversation to grow louder and louder with the 2020 election,” said Steven Aden, the chief legal officer and general counsel of Americans United for Life, a national anti-abortion group.
Democrats vying for their party’s nomination for president, he said, will have to defend abortions that take place in the later weeks of a pregnancy.
“It is an albatross around their neck,” he said.
Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker did not respond to a request for comment for this article.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement that there is “zero place for politicians to be involved in these very complicated medical decisions, and they should only be made between a woman and her doctor – period, full stop.”
“The role of government is to ensure that women have access to vital healthcare, and I believe that any bill restricting access to medical care and safe abortion services is an attack on women’s rights,” she said.
An aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Warren is “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and believes that politicians shouldn’t interfere in choices that are between a woman and her doctor.”
And Michael Hopkins, a spokesperson for former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, said it was unfortunate that Trump “focuses on divisive issues as opposed to unifying issues.”
“Imagine if the president would have instead focused on family planning, an issue that everyone agrees deserves more attention,” he said.