The second question in the third Presidential debate dealt with abortion. It was a pretty specific question that went a little wide. But Hillary Clinton was firm about her support of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to control her own healthcare decisions.
Moderator Chris Wallace (who, one commenter on Facebook noted, is to Mike Wallace as Malik Obama is to Barack Obama) ask if the candidates wanted the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Hillary, stated her support of that law clearly. Trump, on the other hand, evaded the question, repeatedly saying that “it will go to the states.” Even with Wallace asking him to be specific on his support of the law being overturned, Trump would not do so.
Countering Trump’s non-answer, Hillary pointed out that the states are already putting “stringent regulations” on women seeking abortion. “Even to the point of defunding Planned Parenthood” who, she notes provides cancer screening and other tests and procedures vital to women’s health.
Hillary was passionate on this topic:
“I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade. And I will defend women’s rights to make their own health are decisions.”
Saying that we “have come too far” to turn the clock back on this issue, Hillary pointed out that Trump has said that a woman should be punished for having an abortion.
Wallace then tried to trip Clinton up on the “partial-birth abortion” nonsense. First of all, that terminology means nothing in a medical sense. It’s a term that was created by the right-wing National Right To Life Committee in order to inflame their base.
Hillary gave a calm answer to that somewhat histrionic question. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and the government should have no say in the choices a woman and her family need to make. She went on to speak about how hard that decision, late in a pregnancy, is to make.
When Wallace turned to Trump on this, he again used the “partial-birth” terminology. Trump was all for taking this cue and running with it. “In the 9th month,” he lied, “you can take the baby” and “rip it out of the womb.” This can happen, he says, just “prior to the birth.” That is, of course, a bunch of insane rhetoric. All of it, of course, complete lies.
“You can say that that’s okay and Hillary can say that that’s okay but it’s no okay with me.”
He continued with the whole “rip the baby” talk, adding that this can be done “on the final day.” Again, lies and “scare rhetoric.” “That is not what happens” in these cases,” Clinton answered. She explained that, as Secretary of State she has been to places where the government controls pregnancy: China, where they forced women to have abortions and Romania, where they outlawed it completely. Neither one is correct.
“The government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families, in accordance with their faith, with medical advice. And I will stand up for that right.”
It’s good to see Hillary being passionate about this subject. It’s a battle we should not have to fight again. The first time was hard enough.
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