Donald Trump's Abortion Comments Draw Criticisms On Both Sides
Mar 31, 2016 12:30 AM EDT
The latest comments of Donald Trump against abortion has drawn criticism not only from his co pro-life figures but also from his GOP opponents. He said women wanting to undergo such process should face punishments should the porcedure be banned in the US.
The GOP frontrunner was interviewed by MSNBC and he initially said that women should be punished if they underwent abortion but later retreated. According to him, abortion providers should be the only ones held legally responsible should the process become illegal in US, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The host of the interview, Chris Matthews, asked if putting women in jail is the punishment he was looking for but he did not answer. Instead, he added that men who impregnate the women who are getting abortions should not be punished.
After the statements of the Republican presidential candidate were released, a slew of criticism faced him and his campaign team. His representative then released a statement reversing his stand on abortion.
The statement reads that if the Congress will pass a legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld the law, the doctor or the person performing the illegal act "will be held legally responsible, not the woman," USA Today reported. The statement adds that the mother is the "victim" as well as the "life in her womb." He continued to say that he is still pro-life but with exceptions.
Some of the notable people who commented on the latest abortion comments of Trump are Jeanne Mancini, the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Mancini said the comments of the candidate was completely out of touch with the pro-life movement and with the women who have chosen abortion. Mancini noted that no pro-lifer would want to punish a woman and the statements of Trump are against "the very nature of what [they] are about," The New York Times reported.
The main rival of Trump in the GOP nomination, Senator Ted Cruz, also released a statement saying his opponent has once again demonstrated that he has not "seriously thought through the issues" and will just say anything to get the people's attention.
Although Trump has been leading in the GOP Race, latest surveys showed that he is facing a deficit in women voters. The latest Wall Street Journal and NBC News poll showed that 47 percent of Republican female voters will not vote for him as compared to Cruz's 32 percent and John Kasich's 27.