Donald Trump: I “Clarified” on Punishing Women for Abortions Since “People Didn’t Understand It”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 4, 2016   |   9:51AM   |   Washington, DC

In a weekend town hall interview with Fox News, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he “clarified” his position on whether women should be punished if and when abortions become illegal “because a lot of people didn’t understand it.”

The comments come just days after Trump stirred a nationwide controversy by saying women who have potentially illegal abortions should be “punished,” and the subsequently backtracking just hours later to say that abortion bans should target abortion practitioners instead.

“I took that answer and I didn’t like it because a lot of people didn’t understand it. Women go through a lot. They go through a tremendous punishment of themselves,” Trump said. “So I clarified it, and I think the clarification was well accepted.”

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Trump also said he’s pained when his opponents show old media interviews from his time when he supported abortion.

“Just before that, they never said that. I was pained. I was pained when they show it … I was pained when I said it was like uhhh — I really don’t like it … But I am pro-life, period,” Trump said.

Over the weekend, Trump gave an interview to CBS News. Trump said the nation’s abortion laws — which allow virtually unlimited abortions and have resulted in the destruction of 58 million unborn children, should not be changed.