By Andrew Bair
Hillary Clinton has a trust problem. A recent nationwide Quinnipiac poll found 57% of respondents did not consider the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate to be “honest,” compared to just 37% who found her “trustworthy”
Reinforcing the impression the majority of Americans has about Clinton is her flip-flop on the shocking undercover videos of Planned Parenthood associates harvesting and trafficking the body parts of aborted babies.
In an interview with the Union Leader, Clinton said of the videos, “I have seen pictures from them and I obviously find them disturbing.”
Yet days later, Clinton released a video message urging her backers to “support and stand with Planned Parenthood.” She was so “disturbed” by Planned Parenthood officials offering to use “less crunchy” abortion methods in order to harvest intact organs that she demanded Planned Parenthood retain 100% of its federal funding?
That’s not the reaction of someone who is genuinely disturbed by the practices seen on the videos.
Will Clinton at least support a Congressional probe into the “disturbing” practices by Planned Parenthood exposed in the videos from the Center for Medical Progress? Surely, when serious questions surround an organization receiving hundreds of millions of federal dollars, the organization should be asked to explain. See “Sen. Grassley broadens inquiry into how intact baby body parts are obtained.”
Clinton’s abortion advocacy is no secret. Her commitment to abortion on demand is longstanding and unwavering. It extends more than two decades of her time in public life.
Even so, Clinton made sure to reassure her pro-abortion allies that nothing had changed–thus the You Tube video. They know as president she will oppose any and all pro-life legislation, nominate only pro-abortion judges, and stand firm on funding for abortion providers.
Abortion advocates know that during the campaign, no matter how Clinton may seem to ever-so-slightly hedge her support for abortion on demand, she shares their dedication to legal abortion without limits and, if elected, her administration’s policy will reflect that.
In the same interview with the Union Leader, Clinton repeated the hackneyed claim that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Time and time again, Clinton falls back on it to make her position abortion sound reasonable. It’s dishonest, but it sounds soothing and “reasonable” to those who don’t know that her policies demonstrate a completely opposite view.
Does someone who wants to reduce abortions insist on funding abortion providers; especially the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, whose market share of the abortion industry grows by the year?
The pro-abortion movement jettisoned the “rare” portion of the “safe, legal, and rare” abortion defense years ago. In 2012, the Democratic Party officially eliminated it from the language of their platform.
Does she really oppose her political party and the views of her supporters in the pro-abortion movement? Of course not. It’s just another example of dishonesty on the part of Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has yet to support any meaningful limit on abortion. As a U.S. senator, she even voted against the federal ban on partial-birth abortions!
Why should abortion proponents want abortion to be rare? Jessica DeBalzo, in an article for the pro-abortion blog RH Reality Check argues, “…There is no need to suggest that abortion be rare. To say so implies a value judgment, promoting the idea that abortion is somehow distasteful or immoral and should be avoided.”
Another RH Reality Check writer Aimee Thorne-Thomsen wonders, “Do we dare admit that increasing the number of abortions might be not only good for women’s health, but also moral and just?”
In one of her first speeches as a 2016 presidential candidate, Clinton lamented, “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care (aka abortion).”
She also noted that expanding access to reproductive health care remains among “the unfinished business of the 21st century.” That certainly does not sound like someone who wants to make abortion rare.
The Planned Parenthood videos have put the brutal reality of abortion front and center for the entire nation to see. Americans are horrified by what happens to unborn babies at the hands of the abortion industry. We deserve a president who is just as disturbed as we are and one that will take action to stop the horrors.
It’s clear, we cannot trust Hillary Clinton.