On Wednesday, the U.S Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump said that women who seek abortions will be subjected to “some form of punishment” if he wins.
Though Donald Trump skated around when pressed to take the question, he added that if abortions were banned in the U.S. — as he suggested it is supposed to be — the punishment should fall on the woman.
Mr. Trump’s comment rather than being welcomed by conservative doctrine, it came in conflict with opponents of abortion rights immediately.
They slammed him for suggesting that those who receive abortions — and not those who perform them (doctors) — should be punished if a ban is placed on the practice.
Speaking at a town-hall-style forum with Chris Matthews of MSNBC where Mr. Matthews pressed the presidential candidate, who once supported abortion rights, on his calls to ban the procedure, asking how he might enforce such a restriction.
Mr. Trump answered, saying:
“You go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places,”
Mr. Trump said, after initially deflecting questions.
“But you have to ban it.”
Adding that :
“There has to be some form of punishment.”
A few hours later, Mr. Trump denied his remarks, and made a strange and extraordinary shift with his comment. The presidential candidate, who prides on his unwillingness to apologize or bow to “political correctness,” later said:
“the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman.”
Once again, Donald Trump has shown that he didn’t give serious thought to the issues, before saying something – anything – just to get attention.
Mr. Trump’s comments came as many Republicans are being challenging, with increasing despair, about the specter of nominating Trump — and the electoral challenges he would face.
This further elevated Republican concerns that his explosive comments concerning women could make the chances of the party to emerge the winner very slim.
The remark, which Mr. Trump later renounced, drew criticism from different parties. The politician has severally made remarks that seem to undermine women and this one adds to his feeble approval ratings among women nationally.
Last week, Mr. Trump hinted that he would reveal some secrets about Mr. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and later posted an unflattering image of her on Twitter.
Trump, on Tuesday boldly defended his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with assault over allegations that he grabbed a female reporter who had tried to question Mr. Trump earlier this month. Americans are now questioning if Mr. Trump actually has any regard for women, including his wife.