TRUMP: Are you Catholic?
MATTHEWS: Yes, I think …
TRUMP: And how do you feel about the Catholic Church’s position?
MATTHEWS: Well, I accept the teaching authority of my church on moral issues.
TRUMP: I know, but do you know their position on abortion?
MATTHEWS: Yes, I do.
TRUMP: And do you concur with the position?
MATTHEWS: I concur with their moral position but legally, I get to the question — here’s my problem with it …
(LAUGHTER)
TRUMP: No, no, but let me ask you: But what do you say about your church?
MATTHEWS: It’s not funny.
TRUMP: Yes, it’s really not funny. What do you say about your church? They’re very, very strong.
MATTHEWS: They’re allowed to — but the churches make their moral judgments, but you running for president of the United States will be chief executive of the United States. Do you believe …
TRUMP: No, but …
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.

To Repeat,
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.
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But Abortion is legal. No one can be punished for it.
IF…. BIG IF here…. If… If… If, …..”If” abortion is criminalized the woman who wants to get an abortion is a woman trying to commit a crime. Trumps idea highlights the big problem with making abortion a crime. The crime involves the pregnant woman without whom there could not be an abortion. If a doctor is involved the woman and the doctor are involved in committing the crime. In addition to the crime of committing a criminal abortion the doctor and the woman would be involved in an illegal Conspiracy to Commit an Abortion.

Not only is Trump correct that the woman would have to be punished if abortion becomes a crime she would be the one getting the abortion so she would be guilty along with whoever helps or carries out the abortion.

It takes two people to abort a pregnancy. If abortion is made a crime, as the so-called Pro-Life Movement wants to happen, how can the pregnant woman who wants the abortion not be guilty of violating the law against abortion, …… assuming that abortion becomes a crime?? She cannot which is yet another reason to keep abortion legal.

Cecelia Richards President of Planned Parenthood said Trump has opened a “Pandora’s box which needed to be opened; that you can’t simply spout statements about ending access to legal abortion without addressing what the [outcome] will be.”
Ilyse Hogue, of NARAL, said Trump’s remarks are forcing a “long overdue conversation of what it would mean to make abortion illegal in America.”

Abortion is legal in 61 countries without restrictions.
Abortion is legal in 72 countries with some restrictions.
Abortion is legal in 125 countries with more severe restriction.
Abortion is therefore legal in 61 + 72 + 125 = 199 countries.
Abortion is legal in every country. See the data HERE.
So Trump’s opinion on abortion doesn’t mean anything and it won’t mean anything unless abortion is made illegal in America which is highly unlikely to happen despite all of the thundering coming from some Republicans.

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