In comments that are bound to be seized upon by her Republican rivals, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton declared unborn children "have no constitutional rights," during a Sunday interview with Meet The Press.
Clinton was asked by host Chuck Todd, "When or if does an unborn child have constitutional rights?", to which she responded:
“Under our laws, currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights."
"Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support," she qualified.
"It doesn’t mean that you don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations, but it does not include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions, and I think that’s an important distinction that, under Roe vs. Wade, we’ve had enshrined under our Constitution."
Clinton's radical position may well be a reflection of the continued challenge posed by rival Bernie Sanders who, while trailing significantly in the polls, has succeeded in rallying the left flank of the Democratic party.
But they will incense US conservatives, as the debate over abortion continues to be a major issue in US presidential campaigns.
The comments follow her attack against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for suggesting women who have abortions should be "punished" – comments he later appeared to flipflop on.