By Dave Andrusko
I didn’t want to comment on the latest self-pitying, statistic-bending observations of pro-abortion former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton until I had a chance to listen to as full a clip as I could of her appearance at a SiriusXM Progress Town Hall uploaded Thursday.
A quick look at the program’s self-description is that it is “a place for progressives looking for original thought, nuanced opinions, and political discussions.” Well, there was nothing original or nuanced in Ms. Clinton’s observations, particularly her recycling of the “progressive” meme that it is (as she claimed) “unChristian” to want to return to a pre-Roe era when individual states developed their own abortion laws and there were far fewer dead babies.
This conversation is in the context of the confirmation fight over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat on the Supreme Court formerly held by Justice Anthony Kennedy. It’s actually Round Two for Clinton who, as we discussed earlier, told an anti-Kavanaugh rally in New York in August that women who’ve aborted are more likely to enter the labor force and in so doing cranked up the economy by a whopping $3.5 trillion dollars between 1973 and 2009!
Her basic response to an array of critics was they weren’t economically literate enough to follow her dazzling tour de force. Like mother, like daughter.
Having mangled Economics 101 at her August 11 appearance, Clinton turned to Historical Distortion, alluding to lies that even pro-abortion sources such as the Guttmacher Institute oh-so-politely disagree with. In this case she had learned enough not to be specific.
The usual pro-abortion talking point is that massive numbers of women died before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Not enough even remotely true. By 1972 the CDC reported that 39 women died from illegal abortions. (Pro-abortionists never talk about the number of women who die from legal abortions.)
Clinton just talked vaguely about pre-Roe “and how many women died, and how many more women were maimed because of unsafe abortion practices.”
What raised hackles, of course, was her characterization of pro-lifers as “unchristian.” Here’s the setting.
I don’t know who the other women were but the beginning of the clip one woman is lamenting how long pro-abortionists have fought the battle to protect Roe. “How can you keep the generational exhaustion [from] pulling you down?” she asks Clinton. Ms. Clinton responds
“I look at my children and I have to quote [World Bank president] Jim [Yong] Kim: ‘Optimism is a moral choice.’ Every day I make the moral choice to be optimistic that my efforts and my energies, particularly when I’m fortunate enough to be in partnership with fellow travelers, hopefully will make a difference.”
Then after her discussion of the aforementioned “statistics,” Clinton adds, “We just can’t go back to that.
“That’s unconscionable to me. And also, I’m sure that this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction, but as a deeply religious person, it’s also un-Christian to me.”
What to say? First, I’d never question the sincerity or depth of anyone’s faith. That truly is known only to God and them.
But how convenient for them that the God of the Bible somehow would be in the corner of those who defend annihilating nearly a million of His little ones each year, while those who attempt to save them are “unChristian.”
Second, we, too, choose each day to be optimistic. Or, better put, for those of us who are Christian, we choose Biblical hope. As John Piper explained
Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future — it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen — it is confident that it will happen. There is a moral certainty that the good we expect and desire will be done.