Trump stance on abortion differs over the years, as well as on the same day

On Wednesday a tape was aired in which Donald Trump said during a town hall that abortion should be banned and a woman who obtains an abortion punished, according to a Daily Caller account of Trump’s many stances on this issue.

Within hours his campaign issued a statement walking back his statement.

He said the doctor performing the abortion should be punished. “The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman,” Trump’s statement said. “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.”

Here is what he said in a 1999 interview:




27 comments on “Trump stance on abortion differs over the years, as well as on the same day

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    Mine has too! Now, I don’t care for it at all. And yes, people can and do change their minds.

  2. Nyp says:

    Sorry to see him retreat from the only consistent position for right to lifers to take.

  3. Trump has never taken a stance he hasn’t waffled on. Like I’ve said repeatedly, he is not a Republican, not a conservative, not a trustworthy person, but merely a tarantula juice salesman … as John L. says they were once called in Nevada.

  4. Steve says:

    We’ve seen Communism and Pure Socialism and wild Capitalism all fall to the wayside, are we now to experience Populism?

    If so, then get ready for demagogues galore. Beginning with Sanders and (yes, even though he has never been serious about any public office) Trump.

    Populists use Common Core New Math to get their numbers included in speeches, this Frankenstein math doesn’t add up but no one cares because it’s always someone else who pays and every one ends up getting free stuff or the “bad” people all get put in jail or sent away.
    Populism! The inevitable outcome of ignoring the ever widening middle.

    Vote your principles, not “lesser evil”.

  5. hocuspocus13 says:

    Forget 2 words women and abortion

    In our Country USA if something is illegal and you do it anyway…yes you have committed a crime and it is punishable by American Law

    People dwell on the parts they can twist to fit their adgenda…in this case women and abortion

    If abortion became “illegal” as the case in this scenario one would have to by breaking that Law be punished

  6. What me worry? says:

    The scenario presented is abortion IS illegal, something that is forgotten in all the current rhetoric.

    Flash back to the dawn of civlizatio- you know, the [19]50s & 60 in a pre Roe v Wade era. Women who were suspected of, or had had abortions were pariahs dealt with by the social mores of the times. Docs that did abortions were under extra scrutiny by LE, AMA etc. Yeah there were penalties. Between being outcasts, lawbreakers and FBI fodder they paid a price.

    Under the scenario Trump gives, what’s new?

  7. Barbara says:

    Mark Levin has a very good segment on LevinTV discussing Trump’s townhall interview (among other topics).

    Trump demonstrated he has no understanding of the constitutional role of government. He included as his top three government functions security, education, and health care, later throwing in housing and “great communities”. He says he will negotiate better deals and this is what will make America great again. In reality, he will do nothing to change the trajectory of the ever increasing scope of government intrusion. We will have less individual freedom, more mandates, and a continual march to the left. Oh what I would give to see him debate Cruz one on one.

  8. Nyp says:

    I mean, if abortion is murder, what else can you do with someone who pays for the murder?

  9. Bill says:

    The issue to thinking voters should be the fact that here again, the narcissistic bully who would be King has demonstrated that he has no real core values and no underlying coherent philosophy. Once you get bast the grandiose bragging and personal insults about people’s size, sex, mental capacity, you are left with a person who should not be trusted with his hand on the nuclear button. Fortunately, at least to date, populism and socialism have ultimately been rejected by the American voters… least so far….

  10. Rincon says:

    Populism was big in the 1890’s and early 1900’s, when income inequality was about as great as it is today. Coincidence?

  11. Bill says:

    It probably was a factor but not necessarily “the” reason. Populist movements, have occurred periodically in other societies and whether from the left or right seem to have a common thread of dissatisfaction with the status quo. The Donald has tapped into this, just as others have in the past. A common failing of both populism and socialism is that too often the movement is characterized by unrealistic and/or utopian expectations and at times a charismatic leader has seized upon that dissatisfaction. Populist movements, like many other movements or causes tend to eventually be absorbed into the main stream or as it is called,the political middle. However, today, we no longer share basic core beliefs that help bind societies together so that dissent is channeled into uniform goals. Donald is reflective of this new society we live in. Driven by self above all. I just feel that we should require something more of our leaders than shallow celebrity and egoism. However, I must add that given a choice between Donald and Hillary or Bernie, I will, with some trepidation,support Donald and vote for him. If I must choose between venial or mortal sinners, I will choose the lesser of the evils for to simply sit on my hands and refuse to vote for the lesser of an evil is to vote for the evil.

  12. Steve says:

    Never vote for evil, bill. Lesser or not it is still evil.
    Vote your principles.

    There are options and they have more of a chance this time than ever before.

  13. Steve says:

    I swear, I was holding the shift key when I pressed that B!

  14. Rincon says:

    Populism occurs when leadership fails to address the will of the people. Productivity doubled and the bottom 90% saw approximately zero benefit. Since 90% have been screwed over in their total income, why wouldn’t we be dissatisfied? Unlike the other Republican candidates, Trump actually recognizes this as a problem. Could it be that this is part of the explanation for his popularity?

  15. Rincon says:

    “Never vote for evil, bill. Lesser or not it is still evil.
    Vote your principles”.

    Translation: Never compromise. This gives you something in common with Islamic Fundamentalists. Without compromise, democracy becomes unworkable. Polarization is ripping this country apart and you guys are in the vanguard

  16. Bill says:

    Who are “you guys”? Do you mean to say that I am one of those “guys” in the vanguard of polarization? I certainly hope that you are not saying that. It sounds so Trumpian.

  17. Rincon says:

    Hey, it seems to work for Trump, so why not give it a try? Seriously though, I’m referring to those who praise Tea Partiers and the like for sticking to their guns to the point that they shut down the government, get legislators to promise never to raise taxes (with no corresponding promise regarding spending) and elect officials who are unwilling to compromise and play winner take all politics. Hopefully, that’s not you.

  18. Steve says:

    Oh, there goes Rincon again, taking things out of context while adding his own spin to statements made by other people.

    Let me remind people of the context Rincon decided to omit.


    Sure, those are the words that prevent anyone from making up their own mind…..OPTIONS, Rincon means look at things outside those being presented by people……like YOU!

    Bill, look for sources other than TV and big media for more candidate OPTIONS and even, news.

    Rincon is still suffering under the yoke of oppression,he just doesn’t sense it yet. Once they come for him, he will understand.

  19. Bill says:

    Upon what basis do you presume to have any knowledge as to how my political philosophy was formed or upon what basis that I formulate my opinions as to political candidates? You have just made a rather accusatory statement that posits that I look only to “TV and big media” for candidate choices. I am sure that you did not mean to do that for to do so cannot be logically defended unless you are using the kind of logic that Trump uses in his sweeping pronouncements. At some point, it would be helpful if people would examine what the Donald says analytically. He is a past master of the unimpeachable anonymous source when he is spewing what he grandiosely claims to be unimpeachable facts. As one female acquaintance of mine said, “He reminds me of my ex boyfriend, all he ever did was talk about how good it is going to be.” I regret that I must decline to name the lady and identify her as a source but what the heck, Donald gets away with just saying it was a friend of mine. Have a good day. This would be fun if it weren’t so serious.

  20. Steve says:

    That was a sideswipe in response to Rincon. I was reiterating to him that I made clear there are options, where he was insisting on taking my statement out of context.
    So I made a repeat about it in response to your statement “If I must choose between venial or mortal sinners, I will choose the lesser of the evils for to simply sit on my hands and refuse to vote for the lesser of an evil is to vote for the evil.”
    I commented, never vote for evil, lesser or not, it is still evil.
    Then we find ourselves back here.

    You just happened to be in the same lane at the time, Bill.

  21. Rincon says:

    There are options. Gee, thanks Steve. Now it’s all so clear.

    If anyone comes for me, it’ll be the Republicans. Refer to Patrick’s list of characteristics shared by fascists (quickly becoming a classic).

  22. Steve says:

    You have the TV syndrome, if the option isn’t presented by the TV, in your world it doesn’t exist.

    Food for thought, TV is the single biggest campaign “donor” that has ever existed.
    How you gonna “regulate” that!

  23. Rincon says:

    Haven’t watched TV news for 20 years. Most of my info comes from the Economist, Time and Internet sources. TV is the single greatest campaign donor, just as we are the most powerful nation in the world, but in both cases, being the greatest is a far cry from having control. Add up the donations from the moneyed class, including the TV stations and other media that they control, and you will find that they have the power, but hey, that’s capitalism, which we all know can do no wrong.

  24. Steve says:

    Internet sources


    Admit it, that is your single most quoted Internet source.

    Additionally, you don’t like it when people look outside the box. Has to be true, otherwise you wouldn’t have spun my comment.

  25. Rincon says:

    I was referring to news sources, but I have rarely, if ever found Wikipedia to be wrong, so yes, I use it a great deal. I suppose it pales in comparison to Bubba’s Tea Party Chronicle, but I like it.

  26. Steve says:

    “Bubba’s Tea Party Chronicle”

    More assumptions from our, self described, politically correct open minded liberal moderate.

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