Hillary Clinton Claims Abortion is a “Right Guaranteed Under the Constitution”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 31, 2016   |   3:44PM   |   Washington, DC

In a new interview responding to Donald Trump’s controversial comments about punishing women who have abortions, Hillary Clinton claims there is an abortion right that is guaranteed under the Constitution.

CLINTON: And I think not only women, but men, all Americans need to understand that this kind of inflammatory, destructive rhetoric is, you know, really on the outer edges of what is permitted under our constitution. What we believe in. And people should reject it and women in particular must know that this right, which we have guaranteed to us under the constitution, could be taken away and that’s why the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher.

MSNBC: He sort of walked this comment back a few hours after he made it and said that if abortion were illegal, it should be doctors who performed abortions and not women who should be punished for this. That was a change from several hours earlier in the day. Do you find that any more acceptable?

CLINTON: “Absolutely not. He would make both women and doctors criminals. Under Roe V. Wade, there is a right, a constitutional right for women to exercise our own autonomy and decision-making over the most serious and personal health care decisions, and this is an issue that we have been arguing over for many years now. But even other candidates on the Republican side who run for office haven’t gone as far as Donald Trump has in recent years and what he said today is just among the most outrageous and dangerous statements that I’ve heard anybody running for president say in a really long time.”

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Clinton’s comments come after recently saying she would not appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who did not support Roe and unlimited abortions.