Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court in the final presidential debate Wednesday, and said Hillary Clinton’s support of late term abortions is “not okay.”
“I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges,” Trump said, adding that if he is elected the Supreme Court will “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade. “That will happen automatically in my opinion because I am putting pro-life justices on the court,” he said.
Clinton in turn reiterated her support of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood, saying the government has no right to intervene. “I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thinking,” she said.
She also reiterated her position against late term abortion bans, when asked how far the “right” to an abortion goes. “The kind of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking painful decisions,” she said, adding: “Their health is in jeopardy or that something has terrible has happened …”
“I think it’s terrible,” Trump said regarding Clinton’s support of late term abortions. “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that’s okay, and Hillary can say that’s okay but that’s not okay with me.”
Trump has taken a pro-life position as a presidential candidate, although he has expressed pro-choice views in the past that made some pro-life groups hesitate before endorsing him.
Clinton responded to Trump’s attack by accusing him of using “scare rhetoric,” and reiterating her view that this is “one of the worst possible choices any woman can make.”
“You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day,” Trump reiterated. “And that’s not acceptable.”
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