Outrage as Donald Trump states that women who have abortions 'should be punished'

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said that women who have abortions should receive "some form of punishment", without indicating specifically what it should be.

"There has to be some form of punishment," Mr Trump told US broadcaster MSNBC's Chris Matthews at the taping of a town hall interview in Wisconsin in a heated exchange over whether abortion should be banned.

Pressed by Mr Matthews on the nature of that punishment, Mr Trump responded: "I haven't determined what the punishment should be."

Mr Trump described himself as "pro-life with three exceptions", but did not provide details as to what those exceptions should be.