Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump speaks at a town hall event in Appleton

Trump struggles to contain abortion fallout as White House rivals pounce

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump speaks at a town hall event in AppletonBy Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign sought on Thursday to contain the fallout from his comments on punishing women for having an abortion, characterizing the flap as a “simple misspeak” as his White House rivals pounced on the controversy. The billionaire businessman rowed back rapidly on Wednesday from his statement that women should be punished for having abortions if the procedure is banned in the United States. The comments triggered a flood of rebukes from both sides of the abortion debate, and his campaign tried to address the repercussions.

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