Should a potential POTUS know what is horrifying?

In the third presidential debate, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump touched on the topic of abortion.

Secretary Clinton stated she supports the “constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate, most difficult in many cases decisions about her health care that one can imagine.”

She later reiterated:  “I will defend women’s rights to make their own health care decisions.”

The moderator then asked her how far into a pregnancy does she believe the right to abortion goes.  “You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights.  You also voted against a ban on late-term partial-birth abortions. Why?”

Secretary Clinton:  Because Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account.  And when I voted as a senator, I did not think that that was the case.  The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make.  I have met with women who toward the end of their pregnancy get the worst news one could get, that their health is in jeopardy if they continue to carry to term or that something terrible has happened or just been discovered about the pregnancy.  I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions. So you can regulate if you are doing so with the life and the health of the mother taken into account.

Two observations:

  1. Notice the antiseptic wording that ignores the baby.
  2. Why can you not regulate if you are doing so with the life and the health of the unborn baby taken into account?

Mr. Trump:  “I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.

Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she’s saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, only the final day. And that’s not acceptable.”

Secretary Clinton:  “And using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate.”

Contrast this with Secretary Clinton’s response to Mr. Trump after the moderator pressed him for an answer on whether or not he will accept the election result:

Mr. Trump: “What I’m saying is I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense, okay?”

Secretary Clinton:  “Let me respond to that, because that’s horrifying.”

How is it that possibly questioning the results of an election is horrifying yet ripping a baby out of a mother’s womb in the ninth month is solely a “constitutional health care right” of the mother?

A potential POTUS should have a better understanding of what is horrifying and what is not.


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