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Donald Trump Actually Reversed Support For Late-Term Abortion In 2000

"When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion if I were president, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would indeed support a ban."

Posted on January 19, 2016, at 11:07 a.m. ET

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has attempted to use a 1999 interview during Donald Trump's then flirtation with running for president against the real estate mogul.

In the Meet the Press interview, Trump expressed significantly more liberal views on a number of issues in the interview, citing living in New York City all his life. But one area Trump is being attacked for, saying he wouldn't ban late-term abortion, Trump actually backtracked on later that year.

"Donald explained that he was very very pro-choice and supported partial-birth abortion. And he explained the reason for that is that he was a New Yorker and those are the views of the people of New York," Cruz told Yahoo News' Hunter Walker in an interview this week.

It's a line Cruz has repeated in recent days as he's sought to attack Trump for embodying so-called "New York values" of liberalism.

But Trump said in his book, The America We Deserve, which was published in 2000, that he was wrong to say he supported late-term abortion. After he talked with doctors, he wrote, he would indeed support a ban on the procedure.

"There are some issues I don't want to say much about," wrote Trump in the book. "I support a woman's right to choose, for example, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion if I were president, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would indeed support a ban."

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