Trump: Punish Women Who Have Abortions UPDATE: Walked Back All Comments

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Mar 30, 2016 3:10 PM
Trump: Punish Women Who Have Abortions UPDATE: Walked Back All Comments

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who just last night confirmed that he had "evolved" on the issue of abortion and is now pro-life, managed to upset both pro-lifers and pro-aborts with his comments that women who have abortions should face "some form of punishment" if abortion were to be banned in the United States.

Pro-lifers on Twitter were furious with the idea of punishing women, noting that this is in no way a mainstream position of their movement.

The Cruz campaign chimed in with a statement accusing Trump of faking a belief in the pro-life position:

Prior to working at Townhall, I was an intern with the National Right to Life Committee and was active in my college's pro-life club. I can say with complete confidence that nobody I encountered during my time in the pro-life movement was ever in favor of punishing women who have abortions--rather, the arguments were in favor of punishing the doctors who actually performed the procedures. (Hence why abortionist-turned-serial-killer Kermit Gosnell is the one in jail, not the women whose babies he killed.) Besides, many women are coerced into having an abortion--it makes no sense to punish someone who is already being forced to do something.

Trump needs to amend these statements immediately if he wants to be taken seriously by anyone. It's hard to trust his pro-life credentials if he keeps saying things like this.

UPDATE: A statement from the Trump campaign walked back basically everything he said.

This post has been updated with a video of the exchange.