Early on in the third and final presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump made his stance on Roe v. Wade incredibly clear - he would make sure it was overturned by the Supreme Court if he won the presidency.
When asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace if Trump wanted to see the Supreme Court overturn the case that makes abortion legal for American women, Trump replied yes, he would, in fact, want that. "If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that will happen," Trump said. "And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I’m putting pro-life justices on the court."
TRUMP CONFIRMED HE WILL MAKE ABORTION ILLEGAL #debate2016- Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) October 20, 2016
Trump’s stance on abortion rights has proven controversial in the past, when he said he believed that women should be punished for receiving abortions. In her response to whether or not Roe v. Wade should be overturned, Hillary Clinton addressed those assertions from Trump.
"I strongly support Roe v. Wade, which guarantees a constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate, most difficult in many cases decisions about her health care that one can imagine," Clinton began. "We’ve come too far to have that turn back now. Indeed, he said women should be punished, that there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions. And I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thinking."
But then Wallace pressed the candidates harder, specifically asking Clinton about her vote against a ban on late-term abortions.
"The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make," Clinton responded. "I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions."
Trump was also given a chance to address Clinton’s vote against a late-term abortion ban.
"I think it’s terrible, 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," he said. "Based on what she’s saying, and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby, and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, only the final day. And that’s not acceptable."
Meanwhile, on Twitter, many people seemed confused over Trump’s upset over "ripping the baby out" on the final day of a pregnancy, wondering if maybe he doesn’t understand the process of giving birth.
Actually, if you rip a baby out of the womb at 40 weeks, the baby is generally fine. It's also probably a c-section- Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) October 20, 2016
WHEN YOU RIP OUT A BABY ON THE LAST DAY OF PREGNANCY IT'S JUST CALLED CHILDBIRTH #debate- ((( Jenny Lester ))) (@TheJennyLester) October 20, 2016
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