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Donald Trump: Punish women if abortions are banned

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that if abortions are made illegal in the US women, who terminate their pregnancies, should receive "some form of punishment" without indicating specifically what it should be.

"Do you believe in punishment for abortion – yes or no – as a principal?" asked US broadcaster MSNBC's Chris Matthews at the taping of a town hall interview in Wisconsin.

"There has to be some form of punishment," Mr Trump said in a debate over whether abortion should be banned.

"For the woman?" Matthews said.

"Yeah, there has to be some form," Trump replied.

"Ten cents, ten years, what?" Matthews asked.

Mr Trump responded: "I haven't determined what the punishment should be."

Mr Trump described himself as "pro-life with three exceptions", but did not provide details as to what those exceptions should be.

US abortion rights were enshrined in the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v Wade.

However, a number of states have passed measures over the years limiting access to pregnancy terminations.

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