Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump walked back his statement that there would “have to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed in the U.S...
...As his initial remarks continued to draw scrutiny, Trump issued a second statement later in the day.
"If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman," Trump said in the revised statement. "The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed - like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions..."
And then later during a televised Town Hall, Trump repeated the "punishing women" bit.
Trump is laying bare one of the solutions the more extreme members of the "Pro-Fetus" anti-abortion movement usually bandy about: that if the Pro-Lifers truly believe Abortion Is Murder, then they have to go all the way and charge someone - doctors and/or women - for those dead pre-born.
Thing is, a lot of Americans don't want to go that far. A lot of Americans understand that there are reasons abortion exists as a legal and medical recourse. That's why this "arrest women and doctors" argument doesn't go public very often, and when it does there's hell to pay. Maybe not for Trump, as nothing really touches him, but likely for a Republican Party that's flashing back to Todd Akin's meltdown and thinking how that's going to multiply by a thousand against them.
In short, this is pretty much what I've said about the so-called Pro-Fetus crowd. They are not really Pro-Life, or Pro-Religious, or even Pro-Fetus. They're really Pro-Judgmental, looking to punish and condemn those they view as beneath them. This is their patriarchal world-view where women dare not take care of their own bodies or make their own spiritual decisions.
So what Trump is doing right now is reminding those 70 percent of women who won't vote for him exactly what's at stake for their own lives.
And this is why I'm comparing Trump's actions today to this nasty new sinkhole that popped up in my adopted home of Tarpon Springs (well, actually, I grew up in Palm Harbor, but hey I went to Tarpon High SPONGERS REPRESENT). He's essentially tossing the whole Republican Party back into the mudpit right now.