Along with every Republican candidate ever, Donald Trump has repeatedly declared himself pro-life in recent years. Having once claimed to be “very pro-choice,” Trump has obviously since reversed his position.
But Wednesday, Trump said something about abortion that nobody seemed to appreciate. In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Trump stated that women who have abortions should be punished.
After extensive backlash, Trump later released a statement saying that it was the doctors who should be punished, not the pregnant women. And in an interview with CNN, his spokeswoman repeatedly insisted that Trump had misspoken.
“This was a complete misspeak during a conversation over a hypothetical concept and there was a clarification issued,” spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told CNN. “Mr. Trump is pro-life with exceptions and does not support punishing women for having abortions, even if they’re illegal.”
Pro-choice groups, pro-life groups and presidential candidates have candidly disagreed with Trump’s initial comment that women should be held responsible and punished for their abortions. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich even predicted that Trump would correct his initial statement: “Probably Donald Trump will figure out a way to say he didn’t say it, or he was misquoted, or whatever,” Kasich told MSNBC.
March For Life, a prominent anti-abortion group, has also come out against Trump’s comments, saying that they do not aline with the organization’s core beliefs.
“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,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion. 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.”
All in all, Trump’s “misspeak” has led to a whole lot of drama. The media has blown up because of the many organizations and politicians that have wanted to comment against Trump. But while Trump and his campaign did release a correction statement, they have remained generally unapologetic, which seems to be the trend in his campaign.