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Washington – Connecticut Right to Life on Friday slammed GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who said women who have abortions should face some form of punishment if the procedure is banned. The organization said the nation should not entrust the presidency to “a novice.”

The statement by Trump to MSNBC host Chris Matthews created a firestorm some say is the largest crisis of his presidential campaign because of the torrent of criticism it has provoked. Trump’s campaign has since backed off the statement.

“States never punished women for seeking an abortion before Roe v. Wade and pro-life organizations do not seek to today,”said Connecticut Right to Life lobbyist Chris O’Brien. “It is the abortionists who deceive and commit violence on unborn children for financial gain.”

“NASA doesn’t entrust its missions to college students. The Yankees don’t start farm team rookies in the World Series. The American people shouldn’t entrust the nation’s highest office to a novice,” O’Brien said.

The organization’s press release included a link to Trump’s interview with MSNBC. It also included a link to the Trump campaign statement that rolled back on the candidate’s original comments, saying if a state or the federal government outlawed abortion “the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman.”

The statement also reminded readers that, “Connecticut Republican and Democratic voters will vote in a primary on April 26th for their presidential preference.”

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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