Kasich: All sides in abortion debate came together to blast Trump

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said on Sunday that people with all different opinions on abortion came together for the first time to criticize GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's comments that women who get abortions should be punished if the procedure is outlawed.

"It’s the first time I’ve seen the pro-life and the pro-choice people come together to say, you know, that we’ll have to — we’ll have to basically work this out, and trying to punish a woman would not be the appropriate way to behave," the Ohio governor said on ABC's "This Week."


"And I think it’s going to take people working in a reasonable way working through it."

Trump said last week that if abortion were banned, he thinks women should be punished for getting them. He later clarified his comments, saying he thinks the people who perform illegal abortions should be punished instead.

Trump's comments sparked backlash from his rivals and both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights groups.

Kasich said on Sunday that women who undergo abortions should not be punished.

"I think it's difficult on her to begin with," he said. "That's the way I feel about it, George. And that's the end of it."

Kasich said he is opposed to abortion but added it should be up to the states to handle the issue.

"Repeal Roe v. Wade, make exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, turn it back to the states for them to decide what they do. We would, you know, ultimately have a policy," he said.

"It has to be something that can gain acceptance as something that’s reasonable, and we’ll go from there."