NBC Asks Trump About ‘Unborn Child’ Rights in Republican Platform

April 21st, 2016 9:57 AM

Thursday morning, Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie pressed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on the Republican platform’s stance on the “unborn child.” NBC hosted a “Donald Trump Town Hall” April 21. During the live broadcast event, Guthrie asked Trump if he would change his platform’s position on abortion.

“The Republican platform, every four years, has a – a – a provision that states that the right of the unborn child shall not be infringed,” she began. “And it makes no exceptions for rape, for incest, for the life of the mother. Would you want to change the Republican platform to include the exceptions that you have?” 

Trump responded without hesitation.

“Yes, I would. Yes, I would. Absolutely,” he responded. “For the three exceptions, I would.” 

Guthrie followed up, “Would you have an exception for the health of the mother?” 

Trump concluded, “I would leave it to the life of the mother, but I would absolutely have the three exceptions.” 

The GOP platform's position on "The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life" reads, "Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." 

While it shouldn’t be a big deal, Guthrie’s word choice (“unborn child”) is a rarity for the networks. The networks generally refuse to say “baby” in regards to abortion and opt for “fetus.”

In 2015, at the annual Washington, D.C. March for Life, MRC Culture interviewed women raped and conceived from rape who chose life.

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