Donald Trump appears to confuse abortions with C-sections in presidential debate


US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump appeared to misunderstand what an abortion is in the third and final presidential debate.

The debate played out on Thursday afternoon NZ time, with Hillary Clinton and Mr Trump going head to head on issues such as gun violence, immigration and abortion rights.

Mr Trump confirmed to debate mediator Chris Wallace that he would overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that made abortion legal in the US in limited circumstances.

Ms Clinton said she would defend the legislation, saying the US Government should not step in on personal decisions around women's bodies.

"[Mr Trump] said women should be punished, that there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions, and I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thinking," she said.

In response, Mr Trump said Ms Clinton was implying a baby can be taken from the womb on the day of birth, which internet commentators were quick to point out sounded more like a C-section.

"If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother, just prior to the birth of the baby," said Mr Trump. "Now you can say that that's okay, and Hillary can say that that's okay, but it's not okay with me.

"Because based on what she's saying and based on where she's going and where she's been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day, and that's not acceptable."

Ms Clinton condemned these comments, saying, "That is not what happens in these cases, and using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate."

Commentators on twitter were quick to pick up on the fact that it appeared Mr Trump had confused abortions with c-sections.

A CNN poll has determined that Ms Clinton won the third debate, with 52 percent voting in her favour and 39 percent for Mr Trump.