Published On: Thu, Mar 31st, 2016

Donald Trump misrepresents pro-lifers, wants to penalize women who get abortions

Even when Donald Trump attempts to correct himself, his words seem to fuel even more controversy. Now the pro-life movement is taking issue with his stance and for advocating that post-abortive women should face “some form of punishment” for having an abortion, a position far outside the mainstream of the pro-life movement.

In a town hall meeting scheduled to air on MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews asked the GOP frontrunner, “Should abortion be punished?…This is not something you can dodge,” he pressed as Trump appeared to have an aversion to discussing social issues.

“People in certain parts of the Republican Party – conservative Republicans – would say, ‘Yes, it should,’” Trump replied.

Matthews prodded, “How about you?”

Forsaken: Women from Tauton Talk about Abortion Photo/Amazon

Forsaken: Women from Tauton Talk about Abortion Photo/Amazon

“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump ultimately responded.

“For the woman?” Matthews asked.

“Yeah,” Trump said, although the exact penalty would “have to be determined.”

Trump moved swiftly to clarify that his administration would punish the abortionist, not the post-abortive mother.

“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,” Trump said late this afternoon. “The woman is a victim in this case, as is the life in her womb.”

“My position has not changed,” he said, adding that, “like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions” in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

Pro-life leaders have long said the post-abortive mother is a victim, not a perpetrator, and deserves support and acceptance, not hard time.

“Mr. Trump’s comment today is completely out of touch with the pro-life movement and even more with women who have chosen such a sad thing as abortion,” Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, said just moments after the media reported Trump’s comments. “Women who choose abortion often do so in desperation and then deeply regret such a decision.”

“No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion,” Mancini continued. “This is against the very nature of what we are about.”

“We invite a woman who has gone down this route to consider paths to healing, not punishment,” she said.

Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America, agreed, “These are broken and wounded women being exploited by the abortion industry and Planned Parenthood.”

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said her organization “has long opposed the imposition of penalties on the woman on whom an abortion is attempted or performed. Rather, penalties should be imposed against any abortionist who would take the life of an unborn child in defiance of statutes prohibiting abortions.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser added “As a convert to the pro-life movement, Mr. Trump sees the reality of the horror of abortion – the destruction of an innocent human life – which is legal in our country up until the moment of birth,” she said. “But let us be clear: punishment is solely for the abortionist who profits off of the destruction of one life and the grave wounding of another.”

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