Donald Trump Says Abortion Laws 'Are Set,' Shouldn't Modify

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 4:09 PM

"At this moment the laws are set. And I think we've to leave it that way," Trump told CBS' "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson in an interview that'll air Sunday.

Donald Trump Says Abortion Laws 'Are Set,' Shouldn't Modify

Days after sparking a firestorm of criticism for his comments on abortion, Donald Trump says laws regarding abortions should stay as they are.

"At this moment the laws are set. And I think we've to leave it that way," Trump told CBS' "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson in an interview that'll air Sunday.

"The laws are set presently on abortion and that'south the way they're going to stay until they're changed," Trump said at another point in the interview.

Hours after the excerpt of the new interview was released, Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks denied that Trump'south comments amounted to a reversal.

"Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it's today and made clear it should stay that way presently —until he's President," Hicks said. "Then he'll modify the law through his judicial appointments and authorize the states to defend the unborn. There is nothing new or different here."

Trump told MSNBC'south Chris Matthews on Wednesday that he thinks abortion should be illegal, and when pressed for what the reply is regarding punishing women who'd crack any theoretical ban, Trump said the "answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah."

Trump and the campaign quickly backtracked, and said doctors would be punished if abortions were illegal, not women. He also told Bloomberg in Jan that he believed abortion should be banned.

Asked about a ban in the interview airing Sunday, Trump said, "I would've preferred states' rights. I think it would've been better if it were up to the states. But right now, the laws are set. And that'south the way the laws are."

The following president could select the following nominee to the Supreme Court. At a March twenty-one press conference, Trump hedged on if he'd utilize abortion as a litmus test, saying "yeah" followed by "we're gonna see at that. We're gonna look — it'south gonna be pro-life."

Trump, who earlier in his life said he supported abortion rights, explained to CBS his reply on punishing women by emphasizing the question was a hypothetical scenario. He suggested that the reply about punishing women was from a older school of thought.

"A question was asked to me. And it was asked in a very hypothetical. And it was said, 'illegal, illegal,'" Trump said. "I've been told by some people that was an older line reply and that was an reply that was given on a, you know, basis of an older line from years ago on a very conservative basis."

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