Acknowledges Ban Would Lead to Back-Alley AbortionsÂ
Donald Trump says he is pro-life, and America must ban abortion, despite a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that women have a constitutional right to choose. The GOP frontrunner went even further, calling for some form of punishment for women who get illegal abortions. He even acknowledged banning abortion will send women to get back-alley abortions, which would lead to more deaths.
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â€œShould abortion be punished?," Chris Matthews asked Trump today. â€œThis is not something you can dodge,â€ the MSNBC host said to the GOP frontrunner at a town hall event that was taped and will air Wednesday night.
â€œLook, people in certain parts of the Republican Party, conservative Republicans, would say, â€˜Yes, it should,â€™â€ Trump said, according to Bloomberg News, who was first to report it.
â€œHow about you?â€ Matthews asked.
â€œI would say itâ€™s a very serious problem and itâ€™s a problem we have to decide on. Are you going to send them to jail?â€ Trump said.
â€œIâ€™m asking you,â€ Matthews said.
â€œI am pro-life,â€ Trump said. Asked how a ban would actually work, Trump said,Â â€œWell, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places but we have to ban it,â€ Trump said.
Matthews then pressed Trump on whetherÂ he believes there should be punishment for abortion if it were illegal
â€œThere has to be some form of punishment,â€ Trump said.Â â€œFor the woman?â€ Matthews asked.Â â€œYeah,â€ Trump said, nodding.
Trump said theÂ punishment would â€œhave to be determined.â€