One of the most talked about social issues in American politics in recent years is abortion and a woman's right to choose. During a town hall event taped for a Wednesday night broadcast on MSNBC, Republican front runner Donald Trump delivered his most extreme stance yet on abortion rights.

Trump on abortion

Sitting down with moderator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Trump was asked a laundry list of questions as the GOP primary continues on. One area that Matthews focused on was the billionaire real estate mogul's struggle with women, and then turned the conversation to abortion.

"Should abortion be punished?," Matthews asked, stating "This is not something you can dodge." As reported by Bloomberg on March 30, Trump responded in controversial fashion.

Trump pointed out that "certain parts of the Republican Party" want abortion to be banned and made illegal. In regard to his personal feeling, Trump concluded, "I would say it’s a very serious problem and it’s a problem we have to decide on.

Are you going to send them to jail?"

Trump continues to elaborate, explaining that he was pro-life and that abortion needed to be on the chopping block. "Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places but we have to ban it." Matthews extended the conversation, asking the former host of "The Apprentice" if there needs to be punishment for those who have an abortion, to which Trump agreed, nodding his head and saying "Yeah." Trump said there needs to be "some form of punishment," but refused to give details as to what the punishment would include."

Primary status

Trump's sudden hard turn to the political right on abortion comes as a surprise, as he's been the softest on issues dealing with Planned Parenthood, the women's health care clinic that is a frequent target for Republicans and the right-wing media.

In the past, Trump has pointed out that millions of women get their health care from Planned Parenthood and that the organization often does many great things.

With the Republican National Convention just four months away, Trump appears to be jockeying for position, in an attempt to hold on to his current lead. Trump, with 736 delegates, is the odds on favorite to become the party's nominee, with Texas Sen.

Ted Cruz behind him in second place with 436 delegates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, despite only 143 delegates to his name, is still in the race and hoping for a contested convention in July.

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