Would Hillary Clinton support any limits on late-term abortions up to the point of a baby’s birth? Apparently so. Watch her interview below with ABC News and see how the Democratic presidential candidate dodges the question.
The interview is a response to pro-life Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio going after Clinton for her extreme pro-abortion position in the most recent Republican presidential debate.
A transcript and video appear below:
STEPHANOPOULOS: “We also had, of course, the Republican debate last night here at St. Anselm’s. And Marco Rubio called you out on the issue of abortion. Take a look.”
RUBIO: “Why doesn’t the media ask Hillary Clinton why she believes that all abortions should be legal, even on the due date of that unborn child? Why don’t they ask Hillary Clinton why she believes that partial birth abortion, which is a gruesome procedure that has been outlawed in this country, she thinks that’s a fundamental right. They are the extremists when it comes to the issue of abortion and I can’t wait to expose them in a general election.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Are you going to get exposed in a general election?”
CLINTON: “You know, George, I — it’s really quite sad to see what Senator Rubio is becoming in this campaign. Everybody understands that he is diving as far right as he possibly can. You know, I’ve been on record for many years about where I stand on abortion, how it should be safe and legal and I have the same position that I’ve had for a very long time. But what’s really going on here is an effort by the Republicans to keep pushing as far as they can to overturn “Roe v. Wade,” to defund Planned Parenthood, to make accusations and attacks that are really extreme…”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “But are there any…”
CLINTON: “— and I — I think the Amer…”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “— restrictions you would accept on late-term abortions?”
CLINTON: “Well, you know, I’ve been on the record on this for a long time. You know, I think that the life and health of the mother, obviously, rape and incest, have to be always taken into account. And, you know, when he raises the, you know, very, very difficult issue of late-term abortion, he conveniently overlooks the fact that there are medical reasons, there are health-related reasons. I’ve met women who have had to face this excruciating choice. This is not something that anyone that I’ve ever met with enters into without the deepest thought, the most careful consideration. And I remember at an event back in the ‘90s, where, you know, we sat and talked with some of the women who had to make a very hard decision. You know, it’s — it’s just so unfortunate that politicians like Senator Rubio are trying to politicize these kinds of very difficult concerns.”
CLINTON: “And I don’t think he should be allowed to get away with that.”