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Donald Trump's 3 positions on abortion in 3 hours

Donald Trump sought to clarify, walk back, then seemingly reverse his position on punishing women who seek abortion procedures over the course of a few hours

Gregory Krieg for CNN reports: The GOP presidential front-runner's mad scramble began a little after he told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that abortion, if outlawed, should carry "some form of punishment."

  • “Punishment”:

When asked, what shall be the penalty for abortion if outlawed, Trump responded that the punishment indeed must be applied, and specifically to women. For some reason, he decided not to mention whether men should be held responsible.

The statement immediately stirred enormous discontent from both parties, continues Krieg. “Dawn Laguens from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund called Trump "flat-out dangerous," while Bernie Sanders ("Shameful") and Hillary Clinton ("Horrific and telling") tweeted their condemnations.

On the GOP side, John Kasich and Ted Cruz, who both favor strict anti-abortion laws, criticized Trump from the right, with the Texas senator accusing him of having damaged the cause, saying the billionaire "demonstrated that he hasn't seriously thought through the issues."

  • “The issue is unclear”:

Trying to stop pouring criticism, Trump spokesperson issued another statement, which did not help much: "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."

  • “The woman is a victim”:

Some time later he released another explanation, making a complete U-turn: "If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman."

"The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb," Trump said. "My position has not changed -- like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions."

 

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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