By Dave Andrusko
As our readers know, it is nearly impossible to exaggerate how far to port Hillary Clinton is on abortion, how all-encompassing is her embrace of the ideology of the most militant fringe of the abortion movement. As a service to NRL News Today readers we are updating a post summarizing Ten Ways Clinton has freely expressed her undying devotion to abortion on demand, at home and aboard, paid for by American taxpayers.
1) The unborn never has any rights, including up to “just hours before delivery.” In April, Chuck Todd, on Meet the Press, asked Clinton: “When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” She answered, “Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”
Two days later Paula Faris (of The View) was able to ask a follow up question. “And Secretary, I want to ask you about some comments that you made over the weekend on Meet the Press regarding abortion. You said, quote, ‘the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.’ My question is at what point does someone have constitutional rights, and are you saying that a child, on its due date, just hours before delivery still has no constitutional rights? Clinton responded, “Under our law, that is the case, Paula. I support Roe v Wade.”
2) Hillary Clinton received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood, the first time the nation’s largest abortion provider endorsed a Democrat in the primary. In an interview with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, Clinton vowed her allegiance to preventing pro-life bills from becoming laws. “I want to be that president that will say, ‘Forget about it. Don’t waste your time; you know you’re not getting past me.’” She received a last-minute six-figure media buy from the abortion provider just days ahead of the Iowa caucuses, which she narrowly eked out a win.
3) Hillary Clinton calls for ending the Hyde Amendment.
By conservative estimates, the pro-life Hyde Amendment, first enacted in 1976, has saved over a million lives. In lockstep, the 2016 platform of the Democratic National Committee, for the first time, called for ending this annually enacted law that prohibits federal Medicaid funding for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Clinton would make expanding federal funding for abortion a major priority in the White House. Clinton’s own website states “there is no more important issue than defending reproductive rights (a.k.a. abortion).’
4) “Religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to expand abortion. In April 2015, in a speech to the Women in the World Conference, 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.”
On her webpage we learn this is nothing new for Clinton: “At the UN 4th Conference on Women in China, Clinton affirmed that “it is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families.”
In case anyone had missed the point, in a video message this past May to the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Clinton called for renewed efforts to “break down the barriers holding back women and girls around the world” and stated, “Gender equality, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, must be a core priority.”
5) 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. Clinton chooses to ignore the substantial medical and scientific evidence that shows unborn babies are capable of feeling pain by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier. It is well-documented here: doctorsonfetalpain.com.
6) Clinton calls abortion a “fundamental human right.” At a presidential forum held this year at Drake University, Clinton called ending the life of another human being a “fundamental human right.” Tearing unborn babies apart, limb from limb, is just the opposite–it is a violation of the fundamental right of every human person to life.
7) 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 the last few years “a dangerous trend.” Her campaign complained, “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.
8) Clinton has pledged to appoint to the Supreme Court only people “who believe that Roe v. Wade is settled law.” The next president will nominate as many as three, possibly four women and men to fill vacancies on our nation’s highest court. The prospect of those jurists being chosen by an abortion extremist like Hillary Clinton is frightening.
9) Clinton will defend Planned Parenthood no matter what and work to steer even more federal money into PPFA’s coffers.
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.”
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 27, 2015.
When you combined “legal only in a few circumstances” (37%) with illegal in all circumstances (19%)–you have 56% who say abortion should not be legal at all or (to quote Gallup) “should generally be rare, occurring in only a few circumstances.” Significantly, only 29% support abortion under any circumstances.