Hillary Clinton has been moving leftward with her stance on abortion — and it’s gone largely unreported and ignored by the mainstream media.
Already a vehement proponent of the right to abortion, Clinton espoused even more liberal views recently, asserting that an “unborn person” does not have any constitutional rights.
“The – the – the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” she said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can, in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support. It doesn’t mean that you don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations. But it – it does not include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions. And I think that’s a — an important distinction, that under Roe v. Wade we’ve had enshrined under our Constitution,” Clinton said.
Then, on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday, co-host Paula Faris said to Clinton, “I want to ask you about some comments that you made over the weekend on ‘Meet the Press.’ 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 said, “Under our law, that is the case, Paula. I support Roe versus Wade because I think it is an important — an important statement about the importance of a woman making this most difficult decision with consultation by whom she chooses: her doctor, her faith, her family. And under the law and under certainly that decision, that is the way we structure it.”
Her overt and unapologetic move leftward on the issue was answered with criticism by those on the right, but with silence from the liberal media. ABC, CBS, and NBC all have not aired a single story on the issue about Hillary’s recent comments, as of Tuesday morning.
And Hillary’s views are much farther left than the general public’s. Only 29 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal under any circumstance, according to a Gallup poll from May 2015. And 51 percent of Americans assert that abortions should only be legal under certain circumstances. And these numbers are concerning abortion in general — not late-term abortions like Clinton was discussing.
Despite any personal view on the life issue, Clinton’s recent comments are a flip-flop from her previous call for peace between life and choice advocates. During her previous run for the White House, Hillary called for the pro-life and pro-choice camps to find common ground for the sake of women everywhere.
During the Sojourners Presidential Forum in 2007, she said: “That is what I have tried to both talk about and reach out about over the last many years in talking about abortion being safe, legal, and rare. And by rare, I mean rare. And it’s been a challenge, because the pro-life and the pro-choice communities have not really been willing to find much common ground.”
So unborn babies, even on their due dates, don’t have constitutional rights — this is what Hillary is calling common ground. But if unborn babies do not have constitutional rights on their due date, then there is no argument against partial-birth abortion and late-term abortions.
Most Americans disagree with partial birth abortion. In 2003, when the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act was passed, 70 percent of Americans supported that ban, with only 25 percent in disagreement, according to Gallup.
When Clinton ran for the Senate in 2000, she said she could support late-term abortion bans because it was a horrible procedure.
In a debate on Oct. 8, 2000, Hillary asserted: “I have said many times that I can support a ban on late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions, so long as the health and life of the mother is protected. I’ve met women who faced this heart-wrenching decision toward the end of a pregnancy. Of course it’s a horrible procedure. No one would argue with that. But if your life is at stake, if your health is at stake, if the potential for having any more children is at stake, this must be a woman’s choice.”
“The truth is, her position that abortion should be legal even up until the moment of birth is a complete fringe position,” said Mallory Quigley from the Susan B. Anthony List. “The media ought to report it that way. The majority of Americans support our current top pro-life priority to stop abortion after 5 months — in fact, women support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in higher numbers than men.”
While the major news networks attempt to sweep her comments under the rug, the radical nature of Clinton’s views could alarm moderate voters.