If there are two things Donald Trump is known for at this point in the election season, they are his controversial statements and his propensity for avoiding any real, concrete policy matters. His latest commentary on his abortion platform is certainly no exception to the status quo.
The front-runner, while previously pro-life, has pandered to religious conservative voters by coming out against abortion in recent months, arguing that the practice should be outlawed. Speaking with Chris Matthews in a town-hall-style event, Trump was pushed to defend his new stance. Matthews asked Trump whether there would need to be punishment for women seeking abortions, if the practice were to be deemed illegal under a Trump presidency. In traditional Trump fashion, he avoided the question at first, saying that “it’s a very serious problem and it’s a problem we have to decide on.” Matthews, visibly upset with Trump for trying to avoid the question entirely, pushed harder.
After a relentless line of questioning, Trump said that there would certainly need to be punishment for women who obtain abortions. He added that the United States needs to “go back to a position like they had where [women] would perhaps go to illegal places [to obtain an abortion].” Clearly, this will not sit well with female voters.
This will undoubtedly add to an already overwhelming female opposition to Trump, as a recent poll found that more than 70% of women voters see Trump in an unfavorable light. A position claiming that women should be punished for abortions, a staunch opposition to a woman’s right to choose, will not help Trump garner the favor of female voters.
What do you think about Trump’s latest position on abortion? Will this hurt his electability?