By Carey Lodge
A clash over abortion rights marked the third US presidential debate on Wednesday that saw Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton go head to head for the last time before November 8.
The rival candidates had a sharp but issues-based exchange on abortion, gun rights and immigration to start the 90-minute showdown.
The substantive policy discussion on the Supreme Court and the top issues it faces contrasted with the fiery personal attacks that characterized the first two debates.
Clinton promised to appoint justices who would uphold a woman's right to abortion laid out in the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision, while Trump promised to appoint what he called "pro-life" justices who would overturn the decision.
Under current law, Trump said, "You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby."
"Honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth," Trump said.Clinton said Trump's "scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate" and added: "We have come too far to have that [Roe vs Wade] turned back now."
"This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make and I do not believe the government should be making it," Clinton said.
Trump said he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would protect American gun rights.