Priests for Life: Trump has broken no promises

Priests for Life: Trump has broken no promises
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The anti-abortion group Priests for Life is defending Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE after he failed to appear at its widely attended conference on Wednesday, stressing the GOP front-runner did not break any "commitments" to show up.
Priests for Life National Director Frank Pavone said Thursday he wanted to "correct the record" after several outlets reported that Trump had snubbed the group by canceling an appearance, exactly one week after his controversial comments about “punishing” women for illegal abortions.

"No commitments have been broken, nor has Mr. Trump or his campaign given me any indication of a lack of interest," Pavone wrote in a lengthy statement posted online Thursday. 

"We consider the door to be fully open to Mr. Trump and his campaign, and he has a standing invitation to dialogue, both on the record and off the record, with the leaders of the pro-life movement," he said.

The controversy comes at a time when Trump has been in hot water with abortion opponents. Last Wednesday, he said he would support “some sort of punishment” for women who have abortions should the procedure become illegal — a position that runs counter to decades of conservative doctrine on the issue.

The GOP front-runner walked back his comments the following day, after facing a torrent of criticism from both parties. This week, however, he told several TV outlets it was “not a wrong answer,” and noted that some people said his remarks were "terrific."

Pavone did not directly condemn Trump for his remarks, though he said he and other anti-abortion leaders consider women to be victims of abortion and do not support punishing them.

"I have not spoken to Mr. Trump about this, but do look forward to doing so," Pavone said of the comments.