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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump Abortion Views: First Presidential Debate 2016

The first presidential candidate debate of 2016 airs tonight, and, according to The New York Times, is the “most highly anticipated presidential debate in American history.” Among the many health-related topics, the presidential candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee, Donald Trump, are expected to give their official standing on the controversial topic of abortion.

Hillary Clinton

According to, Clinton believes that a woman’s personal health decision should be made by a woman, her family, and her faith, along with the counsel of her doctors. She is proud to have won the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action fund, and has promised to always defend what she calls essential health and reproductive care, including the services Planned Parenthood provides for women, such as access to legal abortion.

candidates Here's how the candidates stand on this hot issue. Photo Courtesy of Getty/AFP

Donald Trump

At the 10th GOP debate in April, Donald Trump made his stance on abortion clear by declaring that he was “totally against abortion” and “pro-life” except in the case of rape, incest, and to spare the life of the mother, CBS reported. He promises to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but did notably defend the organization for helping “millions of millions of women” through the means of cervical and breast cancer early screenings.

"It does do wonderful things, but not as it relates to abortion," Trump said in that debate, CBS reported.

"I would defund it because I'm pro-life...but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood," said Trump at the February debate, CNN reported.

Current Legislation

The issue of abortion restrictions is considered on a state by state basis, though abortion is legal on the federal level. Nearly each U.S. state has different laws and rulings on the issue, ranging from parental involvement in the case of a minor’s decision to requiring 24 hour waiting periods, state-mandated counseling, and gestational limits, reported.

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