Donald Trump received criticism from both sides of the aisle for comments he made suggesting that women who have abortions should be criminally punished. However, comedian Seth Meyers says some of the criticism is hypocritical.
In his "Closer Look" segment on Thursday's episode of NBC's "Late Night," Meyers recapped the controversial statements made by Trump, whom he jokes has put "literally no thought into this issue." However, the comedian went on to criticize many pro-life advocates who may not be in favor of criminal punishment for women who receive abortions but whom he says have no qualms about punishing women via other means.
Meyers pointed to a law in Utah that requires doctors to use unnecessary anesthesia while performing abortions, despite needless health risks and a Florida bill that would cut funding to reproductive clinics and direct women to dentists and optometrists for reproductive care.
"While it's nice that everyone agrees that women should not be criminally punished for getting an abortion, let's not forget that state legislatures across the country are still proposing plenty of other restrictions that essentially punish women for making choices about their bodies," said Meyers.
Trump got into hot water when he told MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a town hall Wednesday that there would “have to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if the procedure was outlawed. Trump, who says he is pro-life, said women who continue to have abortions if the procedure becomes illegal could even see jail time. Trump's campaign later walked back the comment, clarifying that a doctor who performed the procedure "would be held legally responsibly, not the woman."
Meanwhile, Trump is inching closer to locking up the Republican nomination. He leads in the delegate count with 739. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a distant second with 465 delegates, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 143 delegates. Next week, 42 delegates are at stake Tuesday in the Wisconsin Republican primary.