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Pro-abortion rights signs are seen during the March for Life 2016, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington, during the annual rally on the anniversary of 1973 'Roe v. Wade' U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump said Roe v. Wade would 'automatically' be overturned if he's president


Trump said Roe v. Wade would 'automatically' be overturned if he's president

Watch | Trump says Clinton wants to 'rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month,' and says his Supreme Court justices would overturn Roe v. Wade.

In the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Donald Trump said the Supreme Court justices he will appoint if he takes the White House will overturn Roe v. Wade -- the decision that gave women the right to abortion.

Pressed several times to answer the question by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace, Trump said overturning the landmark Supreme Court decision "will happen, automatically."

Trump also said that if the ruling is reversed, "individual states" would decide whether to legalize abortion. 

Trump's past comments on Roe v. Wade

Trump's comments represented a more concrete stance on Roe v. Wade than he's given before. 

Earlier this year, in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, Trump only said his justices "may" overturn the decision.

Trump at the time said his SCOTUS picks would be "pro-life and we'll see about overturning.I will appoint judges that will be pro-life."

Pollster Frank Luntz said Trump's answer hurt him with independents. 

Clinton's response

Responding to Trump's comments, Hillary Clinton said she the Supreme Court justices she chooses would not overturn the decision.

"I strongly support Roe v. Wade," she said. 

Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), reacted to Trump on Twitter.

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