According to Gallup poll numbers, Americans have historically supported a ban of partial birth abortion by 62 percent on average. Yet on Wednesday night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made it crystal clear that she believes abortion should be legal at any point during a pregnancy:
Asked to defend her vote in the Senate against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was ultimately enacted, Mrs. Clinton said she was not convinced the legislation did enough to protect the “life and health of the mother.”
“This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make, and I do not believe the government should be making it,” she said.
When asked by moderator Chris Wallace “how far you believe the right to abortion goes,” Mrs. Clinton failed to mention any specific limits on abortion she would support. Instead, she said regulations on abortion are permissible so long as they consider the “health” of the mother.
Don’t be fooled by Clinton’s rhetoric; her priority isn’t the health of the mother. If it were, she would know just how dangerous partial birth abortion really is:
Dr. Jane Orient of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wrote a letter to a Congressional subcommittee, noting that partial-birth abortion “has no medical indications.” Orient went on to say that the doctors in her organization “conceive of no circumstance in which it (partial-birth abortion) would be needed to save the life or preserve the health of a mother.”
Orient noted that, if a pregnant woman was suffering from a complication such as toxemia, her doctor could either perform a Caesarian section or induce labor. “The only purpose of the partial-birth abortion,” Orient wrote, “is to assure that the end of the pregnancy is accompanied by the end of the life of a child about to be born.”
Clinton wants abortion on demand, and her answer last night confirms her belief that unborn children have absolutely no rights up until birth.