The remark, which set off an immediate firestorm of bipartisan criticism, was the latest in a series that could be highly damaging to Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, in a general election. His approval ratings among women are already low nationally.
Mr. Trump made the comments in a town-hall-style forum with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, which was prerecorded for broadcast Wednesday night. Mr. Matthews pressed Mr. Trump on his support for a ban on abortion, asking him how he would enforce such a ban.
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