Many news reports say that in an interview with Chris Matthews in March 2016, Donald Trump said that women who have abortions should be punished.
What exactly did he say?
The Full Transcript is available from MSNBC.
MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no as a principle?
TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.
MATTHEWS: For the woman?
TRUMP: Yes, there has to be some form.
MATTHEWS: Ten cents? Ten years? What?
TRUMP: Let me just tell you -- I don't know. That I don't know. That I don't know.
Trump later clarified his remarks in an official statement.
DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT REGARDING ABORTION
If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed - like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.