Donald Trump backtracks on punishing women for abortion

NRLC’s objective is to save babies, to use legislation to stop abortionists, not punish women.

No media figure has sharper knives than MSNBC’s Chris Matthews so when Donald Trump sat down today to tape a town hall-style meeting with the host of Hardball he could’ve expected Matthews to try to pin him down on issues that to date Mr. Trump has avoided being specific about.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that women who get an abortion should receive “some form of punishment” if it is ever outlawed, drawing swift condemnation from activists on both sides of…
“She made up this story”, Trump added on NBC.
Donald Trump made headlines again Wednesday after stumbling over questions regarding abortion and how women who get them should be punished.
Pressed by Matthews on the nature of that punishment, Trump responded, “I haven’t determined what the punishment should be”. “This issue is unclear and should be put back into the states for determination”, Trump said in a statement provided to Reuters by email. Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle? Women would not die because there were no medical professionals who could legally perform the procedures?
NEW: Donald Trump has released this statement following his abortion comments to @MSNBC.
As the outcry grew, the Clinton campaign posted a flurry of tweets saying all women deserve equal access to health care, apparently seeking to capitalise on the momentum.
Trump, in a round of television interviews, played down the incident involving a reporter and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, 42, who was arrested in Florida on Tuesday. “As suffragist Alice Paul said, “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women” and we agree”.
The Trump campaign was in discussion with the Republican National Committee about arranging a meeting with Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday, but GOP strategists acknowledged party leaders have few options for persuading Trump to moderate his rhetoric. In Wisconsin, the Marquette poll released on Wednesday found that 76 percent of female Wisconsin registered voters have an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with 55 percent for Cruz.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted, “Your Republican frontrunner, ladies and gentlemen”. “On the important issue of the sanctity of life, what’s far too often neglected is that being pro-life is not simply about the unborn child; it’s also about the mother – and creating a culture that respects her and embraces life”.
He says, “Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world”.
Trump’s comments at the MSNBC town hall were quick to draw criticism, including from the head of Planned Parenthood.
Some anti-abortion groups criticised Mr Trump’s initial comments as extreme.
Pro-choice Democratic super PAC EMILY’s List took aim at Trump by highlighting controversial epithets he’s used to describe women in the past.