Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton condemned Donald Trump over his remarks that women getting abortions deserve “some sort of punishment” and the practice should be made illegal.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clinton said, the Republican front-runner’s comment was “absolutely unacceptable and outrageous.”
Clinton says Trump wants to repeal women’s fundamental right
Clinton also emphasized, “This is about whether abortion is legal and whether women make our own healthcare choice. It is very clear that Donald Trump wants to repeal that fundamental right just like the other Republican candidates.”
The Democratic front-runner noted that all of the Republican presidential candidates want abortion to be illegal. According to her, Governor John Kasich defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio and Senator Ted Cruz opposes abortion in all cases (no exception for rape and incest).
Clinton added that the three Republican presidential candidates want to dictate women’s reproductive healthcare decisions. She said, “It is clear, all the Republicans line up together. Maybe they aren’t quite as open about it as Donald Trump was earlier today, but they have all the same position.”
Clinton pointed out that making abortion illegal means making doctors and women criminal. Furthermore, she said Americans should pay attention on the issue and all the other claims made by the Republicans.
“Women should be free to make very personal decisions for ourselves. People better stand up and protect that right and all other rights.”
Trump reverse position on abortion after criticisms
Trump reversed his position on abortion after receiving criticisms not only from Clinton, but also from Senator Bernie Sanders, Republican rivals and abortion rights supporters.
In a statement, the Republican front-runner said the woman and the life in her womb are victims and the doctor or any other person performing abortion should be held legally responsible if the Congress makes the practice illegal and the federal courts upheld the legislation or if any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law.
The Supreme Court legalized abortion more than 40 years ago. In 1973, the high court ruled that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy protects her decision to end a pregnancy. Abortion is still a divisive issue in the United States because most conservative politicians oppose it.