Pro-abortionists incensed Trump administration will not fund and promote abortion overseas

By Dave Andrusko

Way back in April 2009, at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, pro-life champion Rep. Chris Smith had a chance to inquire of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about abortion and “reproductive health/services.” As it happened this opportunity came just after Clinton had received the Margaret Sanger Award the previous month.

Here’s the relevant back-and-forth. Referring to her praise of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Rep. Smith asked

“As part of ‘Sanger’s work’ that remains undone, is the Obama Administration seeking to weaken or overturn pro-life laws and policies in African and Latin American countries either directly or through multilateral organizations including and especially the UN, African Union, or the OAS, or by way of funding NGOs like Planned Parenthood?

“And so we have total transparency, does the United States’ definition of the term 1) ‘reproductive health’ or 2) ‘reproductive services’ or 3) ‘reproductive rights’ include abortion?”

With no place to hide, Clinton spilled the beans:

“We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health,” Clinton told Smith. “And reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare.”

I mention this for two reasons. First, from the beginning it was like pulling teeth to get pro-abortionists to admit what they clearly believed and had put into practice: “Productive health ”=”access to abortion.” The reasons why they employed stealth are obvious: there was and is a great more support for furthering genuine “reproductive health” than there is abortion.

Second, the same rhetorical camouflage applies with “women’s rights” which, of course, to pro-abortionists is synonymous with “abortion rights.” For example, Clinton criticized the forthcoming annual State Department report on global human rights. According to POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima

“Women’s rights are human rights,” Clinton tweeted Thursday in response to the reported change. “That was a radical idea back in 1995. It shouldn’t still be two decades later.”

As usual, Clinton piggybacked the agreed upon—support for women’s rights—with abortion. Lima’s lead sentence picks up on what critics were assailing: the alleged “decision to trim language on women’s reproductive rights.”

Not so, according to State Department’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert. She

emphasized on Thursday that the report had been routinely “revised and reformed” over the years and that any pending changes did not reflect a diminished interest in protecting human rights abroad.

“This year we are changing some of the terms that are being used in the report, but not our commitment to women’s rights, women’s health or to human rights whatsoever,” Nauert said at a daily briefing. “Make no mistake, human rights is a top priority here.” …

“We have also made a few changes to sharpen the focus of the report on abuses of internationally recognized human rights and the most egregious issues.”

And as Micaiah Bilger pointed out

But the Trump administration is not restricting women’s rights. By refusing to promote abortion, it actually is expanding them.

For a startling number of women across the world, an abortion is not their choice; rather, it is coerced or forced upon them by an abusive partner, parent or even the government.

The changes to the State Department report apparently will reflect this often ignored problem. Officials who work for the department said the title of one section will be changed from “Reproductive Rights” to “Coercion in Population Control.”

Another right that abortion activists ignore is the right of unborn women to live. Sex-selection abortions have become a huge global problem.

The complaints of pro-abortion radicals like Hillary Clinton extend far beyond a document they haven’t even seen yet.

And there are these two items we posted previously from a White House Fact Sheet distributed on the day of the March for Life

  • Just after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry.
  • President Trump cut off taxpayer funding for the U.N. Population Fund, which colludes with China’s cruel program of forced abortion and sterilization.

Then there is the whole spectrum of conscience protection issues, which infuriates the Hillary Clintons of this world. They believe in coercion, not the right of conscience which forbids people from any involvement in abortion.

Were she President, Hillary Clinton would use your tax dollars and mine to export the abortion plague around the world. The Trump administration will have none of that—and it drives Clinton crazy.