Some conservatives not happy with Trump's debate abortion answer


Donald's comments were not only unusual and untrue, they were medically inaccurate. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. Instead of just stewing about Donald's gross and offensive statements, let's take a look at the reality of late term abortions.

Only 1.3 per cent of abortions performed in the USA occur after the 21 week of pregnancy, according to analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice think thank.

Clinton did not recoil, though, and defended the honor of women whose tragedies are being used for demagoguery against women's rights.

"Because Roe v Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account". "His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby". As a fellow feminist, I'm proud of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton shook her head and took issue with his characterization of the controversial, last-resort medical procedure. Implying that women are voluntarily terminating their pregnancies after nine months ignores the women who have had to go through the extraordinary pain a late-term abortion might cause, and belittles the countless women who made the responsible choice to have a late-term abortion so as not to endanger themselves mentally or physically.

In fact, the Guttmacher Institute found only 1.2% of abortions are done after the 21st week of pregnancy. The large majority of abortions - around 91 per cent - occur in the first 13 weeks.

A more skittish politician would see that and assume the country is still incredibly sexist and not ready for a strongly feminist message and try to find some middle-ground way to tiptoe around the issue of women's equality. Many on Twitter were quick to point this out.

"This is not how any abortion procedure works", wrote Slate's Christina Cauterucci. What Donald meant to disparage was a procedure called dilation and extraction.

So-called partial-birth abortion involves dilating a woman's cervix in order to remove a fetus intact, pulling its entire body out through the birth canal. Because of the restrictions that limit these types of abortions, Clinton correctly pointed out at the debate that having a late-term abortion isn't a choice women take lightly.

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"The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make", Clinton said. And unlike in other moments when the Democratic hopeful was criticized for demurring to her opponent, Clinton made a forceful and impassioned plea for women and their right to make autonomous decisions on their health.

Hillary Clinton says she supports a woman's right to undergo a late-term abortion, saying "the United States government shouldn't be stepping in" on "the most-personal" of decisions.

Another feminist hot topic came up later, in connection with the release of a tape with Trump's bragging about sexual assault - and all the women who have since stepped forward and claimed they have been on the receiving end of the very behavior he bragged about.

"Such a nasty woman", the billionaire declared.

Katie LaMarca (junior-print journalism and comparative literature) said Trump's recent comments about women leave her scared about how he may handle the issue of abortion.

Donald Trump says if he's elected president, he will appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices who will overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Trump doesn't even know what partial birth abortion even is!

Couched in a discussion about appointing a Supreme Court Justice, Trump said he would appoint someone who would "automatically" reverse Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the U.S.

No caveats about adoption, no retreat to "safe, legal and rare".