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Trump: Ban abortions, punish women who get them

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:08 PM
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Trump: Ban abortions, punish women who get them

  • Trump declined to say specifically what punishment women should face if abortions were outlawed
  • Trump conceded that outlawing abortion would lead some women to seek out abortions illegally

(CNN)Donald Trump said Wednesday that women who undergo abortions should face "some form of punishment" if the procedure were outlawed.

Trump, who once supported abortion rights, now favors outlawing the procedure, which he called "a very serious problem," according to excerpts of an MSNBC town hall that is scheduled to air Wednesday evening.
    "There has to be some form of punishment," Trump said in the town hall.
    Trump declined to specify how women should be punished if they underwent an illegal abortion.
    The Republican front-runner conceded that outlawing the practice would lead some women to seek out abortions illegally.
    "Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places, but we have to ban it," Trump said during the town hall.
    Later Wednesday afternoon, Trump said in a statement released by campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks that "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."
    In a 1999 interview, Trump called himself "pro-choice in every respect,"though he said that he did not like the concept of abortion.

    Widespread condemnation

    The town hall comments were met with immediate criticism from progressives.
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton retweeted an NBC News reporter, adding, "Just when you thought it couldn't get worse. Horrific and telling. -H."
    Trump's Republican opponents quickly responded as well.
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich told MSNBC, "Of course, women shouldn't be punished for having an abortion."
    And Brian Phillips, a spokesman for Cruz, tweeted, "Don't overthink it: Trump doesn't understand the pro-life position because he's not pro-life."
    "Women's lives are not disposable. There's nothing else to say, as Donald Trump's remarks today have said it all," Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Dawn Laguens said in a statement.

    Neon Washable Paint

    by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:08 PM
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    NWP
    by guerrilla girl on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    He's an idiot

    elvir2babes
    by Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Agreed! Now, does Trump propose any "punishment" for the guy who got her pregnant?

    this is so stupid...


    Quoting NWP:

    He's an idiot


    Masterchefmom
    by Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:11 PM
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    He is a dipshit. I feel sorry for Americans have to deal with that shit.
    Bookwormy
    by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:32 PM
    No consequences. Men are Scott free.

    Quoting elvir2babes:

    Agreed! Now, does Trump propose any "punishment" for the guy who got her pregnant?

    this is so stupid...

    Quoting NWP:

    He's an idiot

    Sisteract
    by Whoopie on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:39 PM
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    JUST IN:

    He has retracted this statement- Now he will punish the professionals involved in the medical procedure.

    He is so FOS.

    Wondering how the waffling is viewed as strong, take charge and what America needs? Didn't people bitch and moan when Obama did the same?

    Bookwormy
    by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:41 PM
    I'm sure he doesn't want to risk it if his next wife gets an abortion.

    Quoting elvir2babes:

    Agreed! Now, does Trump propose any "punishment" for the guy who got her pregnant?

    this is so stupid...

    Quoting NWP:

    He's an idiot

    francee89
    by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:43 PM
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    Conveniently ignoring the fact that in places where abortion is illegal, the woman herself often induces the abortion without the help of a medical professional, so the woman would still be held accountable in every case like that.

    Three about faces in one afternoon has to be a new record though. Strong and decisive leadership, my ass.

    Quoting Sisteract:

    JUST IN:

    He has retracted this statement- Now he will punish the professionals involved in the medical procedure.

    He is so FOS.

    Wondering how the waffling is viewed as strong, take charge and what America needs? Didn't people bitch and moan when Obama did the same?

    francee89
    by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 5:47 PM
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    When one suggests banning abortion and punishing women who get them, they're really arguing for laws that will continually disproportionately harm poor women. Middle class to wealthy women could potentially have the means to travel to Canada or Mexico for abortions or could seek out more discrete and professional back alley abortions, while the rest us would get to subsidize medical treatment, legal fees, court costs and potentially prison for poor women who get caught, who will then have a criminal record and be less likely to be able to support themselves, leaving them more likely to rely on social benefits. Sounds real fiscally sound, Donnie.

    That's not even getting into the idea that the police would need to waste their time investigating "suspicious" miscarriages. Because that's what every woman who is in pain and potentially grieving wants to deal with.
    PamR
    by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 6:29 PM
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    I don't think Donald Trump is capable of comprehending the issues you cite, not to mention, he doesn't give a shit.

    Quoting francee89: When one suggests banning abortion and punishing women who get them, they're really arguing for laws that will continually disproportionately harm poor women. Middle class to wealthy women could potentially have the means to travel to Canada or Mexico for abortions or could seek out more discrete and professional back alley abortions, while the rest us would get to subsidize medical treatment, legal fees, court costs and potentially prison for poor women who get caught, who will then have a criminal record and be less likely to be able to support themselves, leaving them more likely to rely on social benefits. Sounds real fiscally sound, Donnie. That's not even getting into the idea that the police would need to waste their time investigating "suspicious" miscarriages. Because that's what every woman who is in pain and potentially grieving wants to deal with.


    algorithmnation
    by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 6:32 PM
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    This man is clueless. His world view and model of reality is scary.

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