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During a March 30 televised town hall event, Donald Trump told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that he believes “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions, if the procedure were to become illegal. Trump also said he's in favor of banning abortion in the United States, even though that would potentially lead to an increase in illegally performed or self-induced abortions.

But then, just hours later, Trump apparently changed his mind and said that only the person performing the abortion should be subject to punishment. After he received strong criticism from both the left and the right for those remarks, his campaign issued the following statement: