Donald Trump has issued his most pro-life statement yet, declaring that abortion should be banned and even initially stating that there should be some punishment in place for women who get them, not to mention the providers.
In an interview with Chris Matthews of leftist MSNBC Wednesday, Trump was grilled on his newly professed pro-life stance when the host asked that if he really believes abortion is murder, then does he support punishment for the perpetrators of some kind? Though attempting to dance around the question, Trump eventually came out in the affirmative.
"There has to be some form of punishment," Trump said, declining to specify what exactly the banishment should be.
Referring to abortion as a "very serious issue," Trump supported a full-on ban with some exceptions. He did concede that women still would obtain abortion illegally, a trump card (pun intended) usually employed by the left, but he stuck by his stance regardless.
"Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places, but we have to ban it," Trump said.
Both anti-abortionists and pro-abortionists responded with harsh criticism; Trump's presidential rival John Kasich, for example, told MSNBC: "Of course, women shouldn't be punished for having an abortion."
But Trump never stated what the punishment would actually be and even eschewed possibility of jail time. Obviously if states were to make abortions illegal, some type of legal ramification would have to be in place. What that would be remains a question for debate, but current state abortion restrictions and the pro-life movement itself generally favor a penalty on the illegal abortion provider, not the woman.
Later Wednesday afternoon, Trump clarified his position in a statement released by campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks: "This issue is unclear and should be put back into the states for determination. Like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions, which I have outlined numerous times." If abortions were to be banned by the states, the statement read, "the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman."
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