Debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News kicked off the last presidential debate by asking Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump whether they would overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Clinton defended voting for a ban on late-term abortions, particularly when the mother's health is on the line.
Trump took a different stance, describing a gruesome scene in which a doctor rips a baby out of a woman's womb when she's 9 months pregnant:
“You can say that that's okay, and Hillary can say that that's okay, but it's not okay with me. Because 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 on the ninth month.”
Clinton was quick to declare Trump's statement as false, and fact checkers rushed to back up the Democratic nominee. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 90 percent of abortions take place within the first two weeks of pregnancy, and only 1.5 percent of abortions occur at 20 weeks or later.
Nevertheless, anti-abortion supporters are thrilled that Trump had the courage to discuss a topic many politicians tip toe around.
Pro-life activist Gianna Jessen, who survived a botched late-term saline abortion in 1977, thinks Trump is “beyond brave” for what he did.
Jessen told Independent Journal Review
“I'm telling you, Mr. Trump has courage that we do not see enough of. It's plain to me after witnessing what he did Wednesday night and what he's endured the past few weeks. I think Wednesday changed that part of this election and I was so proud and amazed by Mr. Trump.”
Abortion is an issue close to Jessen's heart, as she explained her mother's failed attempt to kill her left her with the “beautiful gift of cerebral palsy.”
The 39-year-oldtestified in front of the House Judiciary Committee about Planned Parenthood's abortion activities last year and again last month at a hearing discussing the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which was created to protect premature babies after botched abortion attempts.
Her detailed account of what she survived is no doubt haunting:
"Many Americans have no idea that babies can even live through abortions and are often left to die. But this does happen. I know this because I was born alive in an abortion clinic after being burned in my mother’s womb for 18 hours.
My medical records clearly state the following: Born during saline abortion, April 6, 1977, 6 a.m., two and a half pounds. Triumphantly, I entered this world.
Apart from Jesus himself, the only reason I am alive is the fact that the abortionist had not yet arrived at work that morning. Had he been there, he would have ended my life by strangulation, suffocation or simply leaving me there to die."
Jessen told Independent Journal Review that Wednesday night was the “perfect time” for candidates to discuss abortion, with election day drawing hear:
"I don't believe abortion has been discussed enough. What Trump did Wednesday night was unprecedented. He vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and stand up against partial abortions. Most candidates wouldn't have done that and he did it — I'm amazed that he did it. I fully support Trump and people who ask me, 'Oh my gosh, how could you?' I say, 'Listen, have you heard of the Supreme Court?' I don't mind being put down for supporting him.
It's over if Hillary Clinton wins presidency. Not only will America be changed, we will not recognize this nation."
The passionate Trump supporter said she was “horrified” when late-term abortions were brought up and Hillary “didn't flinch”:
"That should tell you right there, that for all those Christians that are standing on their principals by voting for her are absolute fools. They have no idea what's coming if she's elected.
She doesn't even respect herself, there's no way she respects women and cares about our rights."
Though Jessen explained she has never met either candidate, she can imagine how it'd go down:
“If I was standing in front of Hillary Clinton, she would look at me in disdain. I think Trump would give me a hug.”
Most importantly, the pro-life activist said she doesn't want anyone's pity, she just simply wants people to recognize what can happen when someone else is deciding your life before you're even born:
“I am no victim...I can't stand that. But I do bare the marks of someone else's choice.”