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Trump: Punishing Doctors, Not Women on Abortion ‘The Way I’ve Always Felt,’ ‘Could Be That I Misspoke’

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that “the doctor, or whoever it may be that’s really doing the act, or is responsible for the act, not the woman is responsible” is “the way I’ve always felt” and “It could be that I misspoke” when he said women who have abortions should be punished.

Trump said, [relevant exchange begins around 6:50] “I have clarified it, but you really ought to hear whole thing. I mean, this was a long, convoluted question. This was a long discussion, and they just cut it out, and, frankly, it was extremely — it was really convoluted. And if, in fact, abortion was outlawed, the person performing the abortion, the doctor, or whoever it may be that’s really doing the act, or is responsible for the act, not the woman is responsible. So, that’s the way I’ve always felt.”

When asked, “[D]id you misspeak, or did you misunderstand the question?” Trump answered, “It could be that I misspoke, but this was a long, convoluted subject.”

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