Of all the issues on which Donald Trump’s opinion has evolved, if not radically shifted, few changes have been as notable as his stance on abortion. After proudly declaring himself “very pro-choice” — even going so far as to support partial birth abortion, the practice of killing babies as they are being born — in recent years, his stated position during an interview this week went further to the other extreme than most pro-life Republicans are willing to venture.
“There has to be some form of punishment,” the divisive GOP presidential front-runner said of women who might have abortion should the practice ever be criminalized.
A number of prominent conservatives — including former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who has defended Trump on several occasions — have subsequently made public statements denouncing his rhetoric.
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“I think all of us who are pro-life,” Huckabee said, “and I can’t think of anybody more pro-life than me, we’ve never said that some punishment ought to be meted out to a woman who had an abortion.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) March 31, 2016
He went on to call Trump’s statement “terrible,” suggesting the brash billionaire simply had not “thought it through” before making such a declaration.
The former Arkansas governor did, however, suggest that Trump’s abortion platform is not the most most radical of the candidates still in the running for November’s general election.
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“Why isn’t anyone asking Hillary Clinton why, at her age, she still believes in late-term and partial-birth abortion?” Huckabee wondered, insisting that “even most pro-abortion advocates … don’t go that far.”
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