FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Day (202) 220-3066
During another incoherent media appearance – incoherent and contradictory media appearances seem to be hallmarks of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – the former reality TV star and leading contender for the GOP nomination said that women who get abortions should be punished.
“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump told Chris Matthews during the taping of an MSNBC town hall event.
It’s well established that Trump is a misogynist, and his clueless comments about abortion show that he is not really pro-life. Only a fraud pretending to be pro-life would say something like this comment because he thinks that’s what his followers want to hear. Sadly, his comments reflect his empty posturing on abortion.
The GOP for decades has been the party that opposes abortion, while at the same time ignoring or opposing policy changes to support pregnant women that would ultimately reduce the number of abortions.
Women don’t need to be punished. They need jobs. Their families need jobs paying family living wages. They need greater access to affordable healthcare. They need paid family leave. They need affordable childcare. A woman needs to know that she doesn’t have to choose between her baby and her education or career.
Trump’s ugly statement calling simply for punishment, while never mentioning support for women and children, is a more extreme version of the GOP’s position that wants to end abortion without providing a social safety net.
The mainstream Democratic Party needs to pay attention. Pro-lifers are waking up to the fact that they no longer have a home in the GOP. Democrats need to embrace the Whole Life philosophy that provides protection from conception to natural death, which would give millions of voters a voice – and a real choice.