During the third presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, moderator Chris Wallace questioned the candidates about their respective stances on women's rights, namely abortion.
Following a question about the appointment of Supreme Court justices, Donald Trump said he would make sure to appoint pro-life justices. To this, Hillary Clinton said she strongly supported Roe v. Wade. She said, "I will defend Roe v. Wade and I will defend women's rights to make their own healthcare decisions. We have come too far to have that turn back now."
In his response, Trump strongly disagreed: "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." Adding, "Now you can say that that's OK and Hillary can say that that's OK, but it's not OK with me." Clinton closed out the conversation by referring to Trump's statements as "scare rhetoric." Strongly defending women who choose a late-term abortion, she said: "you should meet with some of the women I have met with, some of the women I have known over the course of my life. This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe that the government should be making it."
However polarizing the conversation may have been, it was one of the few times that women's rights took center stage during any of the three presidential debates this election cycle.