During the final presidential debate on Wednesday, moderator Chris Wallace (“Fox News Sunday”) asked both candidates whether they would overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Donald Trump’s response steered the conversation to late-term abortions, and Clinton was forced to defend the practice:
Many were horrified that she would do so after Trump gave a graphic description of the abortion process:
What trump just described is not late term abortion. it was murder.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 20, 2016
Hillary: I don't want to rip families apart, unless the mother chooses late-term abortion. #debatenight
— Razor (@hale_razor) October 20, 2016
But then she launched a passionate defense, claiming that Trump was describing the process inaccurately — but not everyone bought it:
Trump describes what actually happens in a late-term abortion & Hillary disingenuously calls it "scare language" #DebateNight
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) October 20, 2016
Hillary Clinton didn't directly answer Wallace's question on late-term abortion but clear she supports abortion through 9 mos. #debate
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) October 20, 2016
And even some Democrats were a little worried about how far she was taking it:
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) October 20, 2016
Good on you, Chris Wallace, for pointing out how extreme HRC's abortion position is. Most Dems don't support late-term abortion. #debate
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 20, 2016
Clinton cited Roe vs. Wade’s provision for “the life and health of the mother” in defense of her position, but a number of medical professionals do not back her up on that. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (1982-1989, appointed by Ronald Reagan) made the following comments:
“Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.
If, toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, he will take the child by inducing labor or performing a Caesarean section. His intention is still to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby will be premature and perhaps immature depending on the length of gestation.
Because it has suddenly been taken out of the protective womb, it may encounter threats to its survival. The baby is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.”
But even more damning was this statement from Alan F. Guttmacher, the “father of Planned Parenthood”:
“Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.”