By Andrew Bair
Hillary Clinton’s support for abortion is longstanding and unwavering. But many Americans may be surprised to learn just how extreme her position is.
A November 2014 poll conducted by The Polling Company found that just 13% of Americans believe abortion should be legal for any reason and essentially at any time during pregnancy. In other words, just 13% of Americans agree with Hillary Clinton on abortion.
Here are 10 times so far in the 2016 campaign that Hillary Clinton has showed her extremism on abortion.
1) “Religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to expand abortion.
At a speech to the Women in the World Conference in April 2015, Hillary Clinton argued, “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care (aka. abortion) and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” In order to expand worldwide access to abortion, she suggested that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
2) Clinton attacks bill to protect unborn babies from painful late abortions.
In May 2015, the U.S. House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn babies 20 weeks and older from excruciating late abortions. In addition to a statement slamming House lawmakers for advancing the bill, Clinton tweeted, “When it comes to women’s health, there are two kinds of experts: women and their doctors. True 40+ years ago, true today.” Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans support such legislation, including a majority of women.
3) Clinton denies the science of fetal pain.
Substantial medical and scientific evidence shows unborn babies are capable of feeling pain by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier. It is well-documented here: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com. This developmental milestone forms the basis for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Yet Clinton chooses to ignore these facts of human biology, claiming the bill is “not based on sound science” per a statement by her campaign.
4) Clinton Gets “Hero’s Welcome” at Pro-Abortion EMILY’s List Gala
Just weeks before the official launch of her 2016 campaign, Clinton headlined the 30th anniversary gala for EMILY’s List, the political action committee that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion on demand. TIME Magazine reported that Clinton received a “hero’s welcome” at the event. At the event, EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm told Clinton, “Just give the word and we’ll be right at your side.”
For a candidate to be supported by EMILY’s List, they must take a hard-line stance in opposition to any and all limitations on abortion and support full tax funding of abortion. Former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had been backed by EMILY’s List in her first election but after supporting a ban on partial-birth abortion, the group withdrew their support for future elections.
5) Planned Parenthood Employees Pour Cash to Clinton
Hillary Clinton enjoys substantial financial backing from employees of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. As the Washington Free Beacon reported, “The former secretary of state collected nearly $10,000 from nine individuals who work for the country’s largest abortion provider, including from several high ranking executives.”
6) Clinton defends Planned Parenthood after videos expose the organization’s trafficking of aborted baby body parts.
After the stomach-churning undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and pricing of aborted baby body parts, Clinton stood firm in support of the abortion provider. She went as far as to say, “I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood.” At a campaign event in South Carolina, she lamented, “I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years.”
7) She even released a video message in support of Planned Parenthood.
In a video message, Clinton reiterated her support for the nation’s largest abortion provider and attacked opponents Scott Walker and Jeb Bush for backing efforts to defund the organization. She emphasized, “I’ll never stop fighting to protect the ability and right of every woman in this country to make her own health decisions.” (While she refused to use the word, the “health decision” she is referring to is abortion.)
8) StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer has endorsed Clinton for president.
The CEO of StemExpress, the company featured in several undercover videos for its participation with Planned Parenthood in trafficking baby body parts, has voiced her support for Hillary Clinton. “I’m a huge Hillary fan … she’s getting elected this time. It’s a done deal as far as I’m concerned,” she said.
9) Clinton attacked state-level efforts to enact commonsense protections for unborn children and their mothers.
Clinton’s campaign called the flurry of pro-life bills introduced in state legislatures “a dangerous trend.” Her campaign lamented, “In just the first three months of 2015, more than 300 bills have been introduced in state legislatures — on top of the nearly 30 measures introduced in Congress — that restrict access to abortion.” Among the measures being discussed on the state level are bills dealing with unborn pain, dismemberment abortions, informed consent, parental involvement, and webcam abortions.
10) Clinton likened pro-life Americans to terrorists
“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States,” Clinton said at a campaign event in Ohio on August 27th.
We’re not even finished with 2015 yet and this isn’t an exhaustive list. It will be critically important to show the contrast between the extreme pro-abortion views of Hillary Clinton and those of the Republican nominee, who is likely to be pro-life.
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