In a statement released Wednesday, Trump later said any person who carries out an abortion -- and not the woman getting the procedure -- should face punishment.
His views appeared to change again Friday when, in an interview with "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson, Trump said abortion laws should not be changed.
"The laws are set now on abortion and that's the way they're going to remain until they're changed," he said. "At this moment, the laws are set and I think we have to leave it that way."
Several times, Trump emphasized that his comments Wednesday were in response to a hypothetical situation. Instead of banning abortion on the federal level, Trump said he hoped to see the issue became one decided by the states.
After the comments were made public, however, Trump campaign communications manager Hope Hicks released a statement to CBS News saying the GOP front-runner's comments applied to the current situation only.
"Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now -- until he is president," the statement said. "Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here."
In recent weeks, Trump has dealt with heavy criticism of his treatment of women and stances on women's issues. He has faced pushback for an ongoing feud with Republican rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over their wives.