"If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions."
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"Late termination of pregnancy is more controversial than abortion in general because it results in the demise of a fetus that is more developed and sometimes able to survive independently." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_termination_of_pregnancy
Recalling his personal observation of a late-term abortion performed by one of his instructors during his medical residency, Ron Paul stated, “It was pretty dramatic for me to see a two-and-a-half-pound baby taken out crying and breathing and put in a bucket.”
Late-term abortion, which the news media also refers to as partial-birth abortion, generally refers to any intentional abortion procedure occurring after 20 weeks of gestation. The point that experts consider pregnancy to be late-term is one of the biggest debates involving this subject. Some experts believe that 12 weeks and later is late term, others state 16 weeks, 20 weeks or even later. A common belief is that any abortion where the child has a viable chance to survive out of the womb is certainly a late term abortion. The problem with this theory is that it varies widely from one pregnancy to another.
Late Term Abortion Laws
Countries around the world have different laws regarding late-term abortions. Canada, for instance, has no law regarding the gestational age of the child and when abortions can be performed. Of the 152 countries with records on hand, the following observations can be made:
- 54 of these countries ban abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk
- 44 countries ban late term abortion after a certain gestational age
- 2 countries (The Netherlands and The United States) have regulations in place having to do with viability.
- The remaining 52 countries, including Canada, have no laws regarding gestational age and abortion.
Trump Supporter on CNN: Abortion Question Was ‘Trap’ From ‘Liberal Media’
It WAS a hypothetical question and Chris Mathews is the one who brought up punishing women for abortion.
MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no as a principle?
TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.
MATTHEWS: For the woman?
TRUMP: Yeah, there has to be some form.
And just as the woman in the above clip points out, very soon after the attack of an interview, after having a bit of time to think, Trump clarified what form of punishment should be taken IF abortion was illegal. "The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman."
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Rush Limbaugh Defends Donald Trump Abortion Comments to Chris Matthews
Trump Isn't for Punishing Women, He's Against Killing Babies & He Believes in the Rule of Law, Which Allows Abortions