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Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2016

Hillary Clinton clarifies her abortion stance, Bernie Sanders ok with late-term abortions

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders couldn’t think of a single time when any abortion should be illegal, a stance spawned out of a question from the recent Fox New forum. Hillary Clinton was a bit more complex with her response, check out the clips below.

To Sanders:

BAIER: “Another health care type question. Can you name a single circumstance at any point in a pregnancy at which point you would be okay with abortion being illegal.”

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SANDERS: “I happen to believe, and let me be clear — I happen to believe that it is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to do with her own body. I believe, and I understand there are honest people. Very a lot of friends. They hold a different point of view, and I respect that. That is my point of view, I’ll tell you something which I don’t like in this debate. There are a whole lot of people out there, who tell me the government is terrible, government is awful. My Republican friends want to cut social security, medicaid. Somehow on this issue, they want to tell every woman in America what she should do with her body. There are some Democrats who say after five months, with the exception of the life of the mother or the health of the baby that perhaps that’s something to look at. I’m very strongly prochoice, that is a decision to be made by a woman and her doctor.”

Sanders pivoted to his frustration with Republicans who want to “get the government off our backs,” yet “somehow on this issue, they want to tell every woman in America what she should do with her body.”

Baier followed up: “I guess the genesis of the question is that there are some Democrats who say after five months, with the exception of the life of the mother or the health of the baby, that perhaps that’s something to look at. You’re saying no.”

Sanders’s answer suggested that he had no interest in haggling over restrictions and exceptions: “I am very strongly pro-choice. That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician, and her family. That’s my view.”

Now to Clinton:

“Do you think a child should have any legal rights or protections before it’s born?” Baier asked Clinton. “Or do you think there should not be any restrictions on any abortions at any stage in a pregnancy?”

Clinton started by discussing the Supreme Court decision “that would shut down a lot of the options for women in Texas,” as well as “other legislatures that have taken similar steps to try to restrict a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.”

The right to an abortion under Roe v. Wade is “not much of a right if it is totally limited and constrained,” Clinton said. “So I think we have to continue to stand up for a woman’s right to make these decisions, and to defend Planned Parenthood, which does an enormous amount of good work across our country.”

Baier pressed. “Just to be clear, there’s no — without any exceptions?”

“No — I have been on record in favor of a late pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother,” Clinton said. “I object to the recent effort in Congress to pass a law saying after 20 weeks, you know, no such exceptions. Because although these are rare, Bret, they sometimes arise in the most complex, difficult medical situations.”

Like “fetal malformities [sic]?” Baier asked.

“And threats to the woman’s health,” Clinton said. “Under Roe v. Wade, it is appropriate to say, in these circumstances, so long as there’s an exception for the life and health of the mother.”

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  1. sheilia williams says:

    I believe that a woman should be allowed to do what SHE wants to do with her body. it isn’t anyone elses business.

    • Brandon Jones says:

      Just to clarify, sheila – you don’t think there should be any rules? If the woman wants to abort a 6 pound, 34 week old, she can?

      If that’s true, should we stop charging murderers for two deaths when they kill a pregnant woman?
      Since the man has NO SAY whatsoever, why should we hold the man accountable for child support etc… from those unwanted or one night stand pregancies?

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