• Trump: Women who get illegal abortions should be punished’


    WASHINGTON: Women who have illegal abortions should be punished, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Wednesday, before backpedaling after a firestorm erupted over his latest controversial comment. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton branded Trump’s remark “hor-rific,” Bernie Sanders called it “shameful” and even major pro-life groups spoke out strongly against punishing women who have abortions. Trump’s comment came during a combative interview on MSNBC, with host Chris Matthews pressing the billionaire reality TV star to specify how a woman should be punished, if abortion were banned in the United States. “This is the difficult situation you placed yourself in, by saying you’re pro-life you want to ban abortion,” Matthews said. “How do you ban abortion without some kind of sanction?” Trump tried to sidestep the question, saying he hadn’t determined what kind of punishment a woman should face for having an abortion, but acknowl-edged “the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.” Asked if the man who gets the woman pregnant should be punished, Trump responded, “I would say no.”



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