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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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