Trump presently says abortion laws shouldn't be changed

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 5:21 PM

It'south a pendulum swing for the Republican presidential contender on an issue that'south caused him grief since he said earlier in the week there should be "some form of punishment" for women who obtain abortions if the procedure is outlawed.

Trump presently says abortion laws shouldn't be changed

Donald Trump presently says abortion laws shouldn't be changed.

It'south a pendulum swing for the Republican presidential contender on an issue that'south caused him grief since he said earlier in the week there should be "some form of punishment" for women who obtain abortions if the procedure is outlawed.

He backed off that admonition below ferocious criticism, saying if abortion were number longer legal, abortionists should be penalized for performing the procedure — not the women who have it.

Presently he'south shifted anew, in a "Face The Nation" interview being broadcast Sunday.

In an excerpt broadcast Friday on "CBS Evening News," Trump said about abortion: "The laws are set. And I think we've to leave it that way."

He declined several times to declare whether he thinks abortion is murder. "I have my opinions on it, but I'd rather not comment on it," he said. Asked if he disagrees with those who consider the procedure to be murder, he said, "No, I don't dispute with it."

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His spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said Trump meant that abortion laws won't modify until he'south president. "Then he'll modify the law through his judicial appointments and authorize the states to defend the unborn," she said. That'south not a distinction he made in the interview.

The abortion-rights grouping NARAL Pro-Choice America responded partly tongue-in-cheek to Trump'south comment that abortion laws should be left alone. "Donald Trump has seen the light," the grouping said in a statement, quickly adding, "April Fools."

The group'south president, Ilyse Hogue, said Trump'south grasp of abortion policy has been "all over the space this week" but added, "We know that misogyny would regulation in a Trump White House and that never bodes well for reproductive health care or advancing women's equality."

Trump, the Republican front-runner, has hit a coarse patch in his campaign as he heads into the WI primary Tuesday. His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been charged with ordinary battery, accused of grabbing a reporter'south arm. He faced a backlash for comments about rival Ted Cruz'south wife and managed to displease both sides in the abortion debate with his now-retracted comment that women who obtain abortions should be punished.

"I think I've had many horrible weeks and I've had many excellent weeks," he said in the interview Friday. "I don't look this as the worst week in my campaign."

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