Trump: Abortion laws should be left as is

Posted at 8:40 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 20:40:23-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump now says abortion laws should not be changed.

It's a pendulum swing for the Republican presidential contender since he said earlier in the week there should be "some form of punishment" for women who get abortions if the procedure is outlawed.

He backed off that remark under criticism, saying if abortion were banned, only abortionists should be penalized, not women.

Now he's shifted anew, in a "Face The Nation" interview being broadcast Sunday.

In an excerpt aired Friday on "CBS Evening News," Trump says about abortion: "The laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way."

He declined to say whether he thinks abortion is murder. The most he would say is that he does not disagree with those who see it as murder.