Trump backtracks from call to punish abortion seekers

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump

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Donald Trump capped off a week of controversy about his views on abortion by throwing his position into a blender, saying in an interview that abortion is murder but also that the laws regulating abortion should not be changed. He didn't specify what kind of punishment that may entail, but asked whether men who participated in these abortions would also be punished, Trump said no.

While most Republican officeholders and candidates oppose abortion rights, few have publicly stated positions on whether there should be legal penalties for women who have abortions.

"I have, actually, believe it or not, I have a lot of friends that are Muslim, and they call me", Trump said.

The US presidential hopeful insisted he would not "take any cards off the table" and said there could "possibly" come a time when they would need to be used.

Several hours later, in a statement, he said that women who obtain abortions are victims and, if Congress passes laws outlawing abortion, doctors who provide them should be punished.

Asked about a ban in the interview airing Sunday, Trump said, "I would've preferred states' rights".

But when pressed by Matthews if he would attack Europe or the Middle East with nukes if he felt it necessary, Trump said he was "not going to take it off the table".

Still, Trump's remarks managed to inflame both sides of the abortion issue.

In Wednesday's MSNBC interview, Mr. Trump said he would not rule out the possibility of using nuclear weapons to combat Islamic State militants.

Mitchell noted that those comments from Trump "contradict decades of American nuclear policy", and were blasted by The New York Times as "shockingly ignorant". Trump has fashioned himself as a political truth teller who speaks his mind, but the reality is that Donald Trump is just a cowardly politician. Most believe it is the physicians who perform them who should be prosecuted.

Except that if forcing a 13-year-old who has been raped by her father to bear a child is unpopular, imagine how people would respond to carting women off to jail for choosing to terminate their pregnancies. "This is against the very nature of what we are about", the president of the group's education and defense fund, Jeanne Marcini, said in a statement. "We invite a woman who has gone down this route to consider paths to healing, not punishment".

After the comments were made public, however, Trump campaign communications manager Hope Hicks released a statement to CBS News saying the GOP front-runner's comments applied to the current situation only.

Trump and his campaign increasingly have been under the microscope for their treatment of women.

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