Donald Trump: "She wants to rip the baby from the womb"

US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to appoint Supreme Court Justices who would "automatically" overturn the laws that allow American women to access abortions nationally.

Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton were each asked what they would expect of their court appointees in relation to abortion, which was made legal by the Roe v Wade precedent in the 1970s.

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Mr Trump said he was pro-life, and would appoint pro-life justices "with a conservative bent" who would automatically overturn the laws once appointed.

The decisions on abortion from there would then be left to individual states to decide.


On the same topic, Ms Clinton hit back hard saying she supported the laws, and would defend the precedent if elected president.

"I will defend Roe v Wade and I will defend women's rights to make their own health care decisions," she said.

"We have come too far to have that turn back now.

"Indeed, he said women should be punished, there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions.

"I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thing."

Moderator Chris Wallace pushed her further, questioning how she could say that a foetus could have no constitutional rights, but that she could also vote against late-term partial abortions.

Ms Clinton said her position has now changed, saying that "the kind of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make".

"I do not think the US government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.

"So you can regulate if you are doing so with the life and the health of the mother taken into account."

Mr Trump retorted that late-term abortions are "terrible".

He said Ms Clinton wants to "take the baby and rip the baby from the womb of the mother just prior to the birth".

"You can say that is OK, and Hillary can say it is OK but it is not OK with me.

"Because based on what she is saying and where she is going and where she can, you can rip the baby out on the ninth month and that is not acceptable."

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