While the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination quickly backtracked, calling the issue "unclear" and saying it should be left to states to decide, condemnations came fast and thick from across the political spectrum.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats and progressive groups had plenty to say:
But conservative groups and politicians -- most notably, several anti-abortion organizations -- were also not pleased with Trump's comment.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser also condemned Trump's remarks, saying "punishment is solely for the abortionist."
"We have never advocated, in any context, for the punishment of women who undergo abortion," she said in a statement.
Penny Nance, the CEO of the conservative Christian group Concerned Women for America, also criticized Trump's comments, saying they only hurt conservatives.
"I think that his comments play into the caricature that the left tries to paint the pro-life movement into being these unkind, uncompassionate people when the truth is we deeply care for women, we deeply care for hurting women and their babies," Nance told Politico. "So frankly I think those comments set us back."
Even former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), who endorsed Trump for president, said the business mogul had given a “terrible answer” on abortion.
“He wasn’t prepared for it. It’s clear that he had not thought through that whole idea of do you punish the woman, and of course you don’t," Huckabee said Thursday.
Trump's remaining rivals for the Republican nomination also took issue with the stance.
"Once again Donald Trump has demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention," said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). "Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world."
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, meanwhile, said Trump's comments indicate he "is not prepared to be president."
"Of course women shouldn’t be punished," he told MSNBC's Chuck Todd. "I don't think that's an appropriate response."
Of course, as The Huffington Post's Samantha Lachman wrote Wednesday, women across the country are already punished for getting abortions.
Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist