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Donald Trump Calls For Abortion to be Illegal and Women to be "Punished" for Having One

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 03.30.16

Washington, DC –– Today, in a pre-taping for an MSNBC Town Hall, Donald Trump stated that abortion should be illegal and that there would “have to be some form of punishment” for women who had an abortion.

Quote from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“Donald Trump is flat-out dangerous. Women’s lives are not disposable. There’s nothing else to say, as Donald Trump’s remarks today have said it all.”

Summary of Trump’s remarks below:

“How do you actually ban abortion?” Matthews asks

“Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places but we have to ban it,” Trump says

Matthews then presses Trump on if he believes there should be punishment for abortion if it were illegal

“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump says

“For the woman?” Matthews says; “Yeah,” Trump says, nodding

Matthews asks if he thought a man is also responsible under the law for abortions.     

Trump: “I would say no.”


According to the Guttmacher Institute, around one in three  American women will have an abortion in her lifetime. 

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