Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Bash Trump for Saying Punish Women Who Get Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2016   |   4:48PM   |   Washington, DC

Hillary Clinton and her best friends at Planned Parenthood eagerly pounced on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today after he said in an MSNBC interview that women who get abortions should be punished.

As LifeNews reported, Trump said “there has to be some form of punishment,” for women who get abortions after a ban is implemented, acknowledging the punishment would “have to be determined.” Shortly thereafter he issued a statement saying its “unclear” if women should be punished.

Clinton was quick to chime in and tweeted, “Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Horrific and telling.”

Meanwhile, the Planned Parenthood abortion company sent out a series of tweets chiding Trump and the pro-life movement in general:

While pro-life advocates yearn for the day when unborn children are protected under law and abortions are banned, the pro-life movement has historically opposed punishing women who have abortions — instead focusing on holding abortion practitioners criminally accountable for the unborn children they kill in abortions.

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That pro-woman mentality is partly due to the understand that the abortion industry preys on women — selling them abortions by lying to them about the humanity of their unborn children and the destructive effects abortion will have. The pro-woman, pro-life attitude is also partly due to the fact that the pro-life movement is led by millions of women who had abortions and now deeply regret their decisions, thanks to a change of heart on abortion, or a religious conversion or a simply understanding that they took the life of their own child.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, gave the following reaction:

“Mattie Brinkerhoff, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement, said that when a woman undergoes an abortion it is evidence she has been ‘greatly wronged.’ The Revolution, the newspaper owned and operated by Susan B. Anthony published an op-ed asserting that, on abortion, “thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime.’ Alice Paul was known to have called abortion ‘the ultimate exploitation of women.’

“We have never advocated, in any context, for the punishment of women who undergo abortion.

“As a convert to the pro-life movement, Mr. Trump sees the reality of the horror of abortion – the destruction of an innocent human life – which is legal in our country up until the moment of birth. But let us be clear: punishment is solely for the abortionist who profits off of the destruction of one life and the grave wounding of another.”

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization told LifeNews:

“No one in the pro-life movement wants to punish women who have abortions. Women facing crisis pregnancies deserve compassion, love, understanding and tangible support, which is why pro-lifers are against abortion. Not only does abortion end a human life, it’s the very opposite of empowerment, love, and compassion for women. To suggest that women be punished for their decision is an inept and reckless statement and should be rescinded.”