Transcript for Trump's Abortion Comments Hurt His Popularity With Women
Now, to major developments in the race for the white house tonight. Amid outrage over what Donald Trump said about women, abortion and punishment. Trump now making a surprise trip to Washington. Today, meeting with leaders of the republican party. Afterwards, saying he will be able to unite the party. Tonight, trump is taking heat from all sides after what he said, and then, his reversal just hours later. ABC's Cecilia Vega was outside that meeting in Washington. Reporter: A wave and a thumbs up tonight from Donald Trump. The gop front-runner on capitol hill paying a visit to the RNC, trying to make nice with the very party leaders he so has publicly battled. It was a very good meeting. They're very good people, very -- actually a terrific meeting, I think, and it is really a unity meeting. Reporter: All smiles today, but the billionaire businessman now at the center of a political firestorm after his comments on abortion. Trump saying he wants to ban abortion and would punish women who get the procedure. Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principal? The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. For the woman? Yeah, there has to be some form. Ten cents, ten years, what? I don't know, that I don't know. That I don't know. Well, why not? I don't know. Because -- You take positions on everything else. Frankly -- I do take positions on everything else. It's a very complicated position. Reporter: And for the man who gets her pregnant? Is he responsible under the law for these abortions? Or is he not responsible for an abortion decision? It hasn't -- it hasn't -- different feelings. Different people. I would say no. Reporter: But trump's about face swift, reversing himself within hours, saying women are actually victims, that it's really the doctors who should be punished. But the backlash -- fierce. From Hillary Clinton -- Donald Trump is showing us exactly who he is, and we should believe him. Reporter: -- To anti-abortion groups and his republican rivals. Being pro-life is not only about defending the unborn children, it is also about defending the mothers. Reporter: Ohio governor John kasich on "Gma" asked about his recent comments that trump is not ready for the oval office. With Donald, it's just a stream of consciousness, but robin, we're dealing in such a serious time. You can't operate like this. You're going to be president of the United States. People are around the world must be having a field day. Reporter: The controversy comes as trump struggles to win over women. Nearly 3 out of 4 female voters have an unfavorable opinion of him. And for republican women, that number skyrofkting, up 25 points in just a matter of months. Democrats are salivating after the possibilities. Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or not, as a principle? There has to be some form of punishment. Reporter: The new ad paid for by planned parenthood and a pro-hillary Clinton super pac already online, using trump's own words against him. And Cecilia with us live from Washington. Cecilia, you've learned this meeting wasn't a response to this abortion controversy, was planned beforehand? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, David. It seems to be set several days ago, well before this abortion controversy broke, and look. Despite what has been a contentious relationship, Donald Trump seems very pleased with what happened here and the RNC is saying tonight that this was an extremely friendly meeting. David? Cecilia, thank you.
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