Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, had some harsh words for Donald Trump after his debate performance on Wednesday night.
Abortion was finally discussed during the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The two nominees sparred over late-term abortion, a particularly controversial topic within the realm of reproductive rights.
Trump demonstrated a lack of knowledge about late-term abortion, claiming it happens when babies are "ripped out of the womb" just days before their due dates.
To be clear: This is not a thing that happens.
Richards soundly took him to task in the spin room following the debate. She told Elite Daily,
The President of Planned Parenthood, which launched a major ground game in support of Clinton and Senate candidates, said Trump's performance at the debate tonight was an "illustration" of how deeply he fails to understand reproductive health.
Richards praised Clinton's discussion of late-term abortion. She said,
Clinton's nuanced assertions about abortion were praised around the reproductive rights community. She explained that late-term abortions are rare and happen in "heartbreaking" circumstances, like if there are health risks.
The Democratic nominee added that she has spoken to women around the world who have been forced to make these decisions -- and who have had decisions taken away from them -- and their stories proved to her that governments should not be making decisions for women.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement,
Late-term abortion is a topic generally avoided by politicians, so it was definitely interesting to see Clinton address it so directly.
Destiny Lopez, co-director of All Above All, said in a statement,
Clinton has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL. The election is on November 8.
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