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Hillary: I Could Support Abortion Restrictions ‘In the Very End of the Third Trimester’

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated she should support restrictions on abortion, “in the very end of the third trimester, but they have to take into account the life and health of the mother,” which she maintained Republicans have yet to be willing to do in an interview broadcast on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.”

Hillary was asked if there were “reasonable restrictions” on abortion that she would support. She answered, “I’ve said that there were, that’s under Roe v. Wade, that there can be restrictions in the very end of the third trimester, but they have to take into account the life and health of the mother. I remember in ’96, Chuck, the president, my husband vetoed a very restrictive legislation on late-term abortions, and he vetoed it at an event in the White House where we invited a lot of women who had faced this very difficult decision, that ought to be made based on their own conscience, their family, their faith, in consultation with doctors. Those stories left a searing impression on me. Women who think their pregnancy is going well, and then wake up and find some really terrible problem. [Women] whose life is threatened themselves if they carry their child to term, and women who are told by doctors that the child they’re carrying will not survive. And so, again, I am where I have been, which is that if there is a way to structure some kind of constitutional restrictions that take into account the life of the mother and her health, then I’m open to that. But I have yet to see the Republicans willing to actually do that, and that would be an area, where if they included health, you could see constitutional action.”

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