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Wisconsin pro-life advocate hits Trump over comments about punishing women who have abortions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Donald Trump's call to have women punished for having abortions is prompting a backlash from both pro-choice and pro-life groups
    
The Republican frontrunner is now trying to walk back those remarks made during a town hall in Green Bay Wednesday at a time he can least afford a gaffe.

Trump trails Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by ten points in Wisconsin according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday.

The billionaire told MSNBC Host Chris Matthews during that he believed if abortion were made illegal, there should be some punishment for women who have them.
    
But after groups as far apart on the issue as Planned Parenthood and and National Right to Life both condemned the comment, Trump recanted, saying it should only be abortion providers who are punished.

One of Wisconsin's loudest pro-life voices believes Trump was trying to appease social conservatives and failed badly, because they've never taken that view.

"Donald Trump doesn't get that. He doesn't understand the pro-life movement. And in his - once again - his arrogance, he speaks thinking that he is an expert on this issue. He is not an expert. He does not speak for me," said Julaine Appling, executive director of Wisconsin Family Action.

Other presidential candidates including Republican rival Ted Cruz and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton pounced on Trump for the comment as well, with Cruz saying it shows he hasn't thought seriously about the issue. Clinton called the statement "horrific."

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