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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Last night, Donald Trump exposed Hillary Clinton’s abortion extremism, so the prestige media immediately ran to her aid. Perhaps the most laughable attempt to paint Mr. Trump as a liar came from The Washington Post.

During the third and final presidential debate Donald Trump said, “In the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby right out of the womb, just prior to the birth of the baby.”

The Washington Post fact-checked his statement, sort of.

“Trump suggested that abortions can take place just two or three days before birth. That doesn’t really happen,” the Post stated. “Most abortions take place early in the pregnancy.”

To begin with, late-term abortion still happens in China, by force, a fact that seems to have eluded Hillary Clinton. (Curiously, the Post did not fact-check her abortion assertion, only his.)

Too remote? A woman in the UK had an abortion at 39 weeks, and a total of five other abortions took place at 37 and 38 weeks. (Another British woman self-aborted at 39 weeks in 2009.)

And documents show that abortionist Shelley Sella aborted babies at 35 weeks in Albuquerque, New Mexico. True, that’s “only” eight months, but the principle holds nonetheless.

Even at a purely conceptual level, the Post’s “rebuttal” disproves exactly nothing.

Imagine I warned a young and naive friend to be careful going into a bad neighborhood, because “you could be robbed in broad daylight.”

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The fact that most robberies take place at night does not disprove the fact that the person could be robbed at mid-day. There is no law of physics that prohibits thieves from mugging out-of-town rubes at noontide, just as no national law prohibits abortions from taking place “just prior to the birth of the baby.” And Hillary Clinton opposes enacting any such law.

Perhaps sensing its weakness, the Post continues, “On top of that” – as if its tepid tergiversations were not enough – “Guttmacher says that 43 states already prohibit some abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, such as fetal viability, in the third trimester or after a certain number of weeks. So this is already a rare procedure that is prohibited in much of the country.”

Well, Guttmacher also says that even after the point of viability, all 50 states include a nebulous and malleable “health exception,” and that “only the physician [abortionist], in the course of evaluating the specific circumstances of an individual case, can define what constitutes ‘health’ and when a fetus is viable.” That information is in the same link; the Post just didn’t report that.

According to the most recent CDC report’s admittedly incomplete data, a total of 6,180 abortions took place at 21 weeks or later. Roe v. Wade with its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, actually legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy from coast to coast.

Hillary Clinton said last night that her Supreme Court justices will not “reverse Roe v. Wade.” Donald Trump said his will, allowing states to end the travesty of post-viability convenience abortions, despite the media’s misinformation and mendacity about their existence.

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Ben Johnson is U.S. Bureau Chief of The author of three books, Ben was Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine from 2003-10. He is also a regular guest on the AFR Talk network's “Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham.”