While we’ve been focused on he said – she said – he grabbed, etc. and the issue of marital fidelity, one social issue – and a general lightning rod for the right and the left — has been put to the side. Democrats refer to abortion nebulously as a “women’s health issue” when in fact it is a matter of life or death for the unborn.
Many voters worry a pro-life candidate means the landmark Roe vs Wade will be somehow instantly overturned and abortion will be made illegal across the land. So what would that mean?
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews posed that question to Donald Trump in an exclusive interview. In a hypothetical situation where the procedure was outlawed, what would a President Trump do?
As NBC reports, Donald Trump believes that there should be punishment for women who undergo abortions if the procedure was outlawed, but indicated he has yet to determine what that punishment should be.
In an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the GOP front-runner described himself multiple times as “pro-life” but struggled to define what the legal ramifications of that position should be. When continually pressed for what the answer is regarding punishing women who would break any theoretical ban, Trump said the “answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah.”
When asked what kind of punishment he had in mind, Trump lacked specifics and said he has “not determined what the punishment would be.” Trump noted that he does “take positions on everything else but this is a very complicated position.”
After the interview, the Trump campaign released a statement from the candidate saying: “This issue is unclear and should be put back into the states for determination. Like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions, which I have outlined numerous times.”
It is a very complicated issue. What I don’t understand is why candidates never say, “I am pro-life but I do not believe the federal government should be in the abortion business.” I agree with Trump on this one part: let the states decide.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]