What Donald Trump Said About Abortion Was Bad; What He Said After That Was Worse

By now, you know that Donald Trump told Chris Matthews yesterday that he believes abortion should be banned and that, if that were to happen, women who had abortions deserved “some form of punishment.

He didn’t specify what that punishment would be. And he later backtracked, saying it’s the doctors in that situation who should be punished, not the women. Both comments were disturbing. But if you’re looking for a positive spin on the issue, maybe it’s that Trump has never given much thought to this issue, and his comments were based less on conviction and more on what he thought conservatives wanted to hear. Maybe he didn’t really mean what he said.

That wasn’t the only thing that disturbed me about his response, though. What he said afterwards was arguably worse.

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Donald Trump Says Women Who Have Abortions Deserve “Some Form of Punishment”

Donald Trump said in a Town Hall interview with Chris Matthews (airing later tonight on MSNBC) that women who have abortions need to have “some form of punishment.”

Whether that’s a fine or jail time, Trump wasn’t sure, since he never likes to think through any of his grand ideas, but the implication was clear: Women who exercise their reproductive rights need to be penalized for it.

Meanwhile, Trump is still defending his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who’s been charged with battery for grabbing a reporter. “I don’t discard people,” Trump said.

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So there you go, women. If you want a safe and legal abortion, be sure you’re working for Donald Trump first. Problem solved.

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The Supreme Court’s Suggested Solution in a Contraception Case Won’t Satisfy the Right

The contraception coverage case currently in front of the Supreme Court took an odd turn today when the justices asked both sides if they’d be okay with a compromise solution.

You can bet the Religious Right isn’t going to be okay with that.

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Christian Leader: Government Exemption from Contraceptive Coverage is Still Persecution

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to, in general, include contraceptive coverage in their healthcare plans. Exemptions for religious organizations exist, though, just as they do for for-profit employers who personally oppose women’s reproductive care access on religious grounds. (Thanks, Hobby Lobby.)

Those exemptions are easy to request, too: All you have to do is fill out a short form, indicating your intent to take advantage of the exemption, and file it.

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But to the conservative “religious freedom” crowd, that’s a burden too big. It’s an assault on religious freedom to put pen to paper. This is the basis of the lawsuit currently being considered by the Supreme Court, filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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With a Prayer, Indiana Governor Signs Into Law Controversial Abortion Restriction

It looks like Indiana Governor Mike Pence isn’t done ruining the reputation of his state.

After last summer’s disastrous bill allowing LGBT discrimination — which he later had to modify after a national outcry — he’s back in business, this time restricting abortions even further.

Behind closed doors, Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1337, forbidding women from obtaining abortions if they’re doing it because the fetus has a diagnosis of a disability.

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