Donald Trump mum on abortion, Hillary Clinton fires away

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WASHINGTON DC: Donald Trump remained silent on Monday night (Tuesday in Manila) following the US Supreme Court decision to strike down Texas abortion law — leaving Hillary Clinton free to fire away at her GOP rival who has stumbled on the issue. “This fight isn’t over: The next president has to protect women’s health. Women won’t be ‘punished’ for exercising their basic rights,” Clinton tweeted, a reference to Trump’s statement in March during an MSNBC town hall that women should face “some sort of punishment” for having an abortion. He later clarified, stating that he meant those performing abortion. Last week the presumptive GOP presidential nominee vowed to appoint only anti-abortion justices to the court. “The stakes for the 2016 election could not be higher,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List that filed a brief in the case backing the Texas law. “The next president will be tasked with selecting Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement and up to three others.” The issue of abortion could be risky for both Clinton and Trump. Trump, who had no public appearances yesterday, ignored the ruling altogether — instead attacking US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for remarks she made at a Clinton rally in Cincinnati yesterday.

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