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“What Secretary Clinton did is take things out of context,” he said of the former secretary of State on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, sparked outrage on Wednesday by suggesting that women would deserve punishment for getting an abortion if the procedure were illegal. Sanders quickly blasted Trump’s remarks as “shameful,” adding that they distracted from “a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America."

Clinton on Thursday suggested that Sanders’s response means he is dismissive of the abortion rights battle.

“To me, this is a serious issue,” she said in Purchase, N.Y., according to ABC News. "And it’s a very serious discussion.

“Look, I know Senator Sanders supports a woman’s right to choose, but I also know Planned Parenthood America and NARAL endorsed me because I have led on this issue,” Clinton added, referencing prominent abortion rights organizations. "I have fought on this issue. And I know, given what’s happening in states across our country, we need a president who is passionate about this.”

In response to Cliknton, Sanders on Friday said he did believe it was a serious issue. 

"I’ve been spending my entire political life fighting for the right of a woman to control her own body. I have a 100 percent pro-choice voting record," he said. “If elected president, not only will I continue to defend a woman’s right to choose, I will take on those Republican governors all over this country who trying to restrict or take away that right.”

Actress Rosario Dawson, a Sanders supporter, slammed Clinton’s suggestion that Sanders is not fully committed on the issue Thursday evening.

“Today I heard some obfuscating of facts,” she said in New York. "Shame on you, Hillary.”

Trump, meanwhile, has dialed back his initial comments, arguing he would only punish doctors if abortion is once again outlawed.