Hillary Clinton’s recent remarks comparing the pro-life views of some Republican presidential candidates to “terrorist groups” has understandably caused outrage among those of us who value preborn life.
Here’s her quote:
“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world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be President of the United States, yet espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward. We are not going back.”
That’s a jaw-dropping allegation for at least three reasons.
1. Mrs. Clinton’s remarks ignore that it is pro-abortion advocates who are denying the science available in 21st century America.
Her comments run counter to the scientific consensus that human life begins at conception, or as soon as a sperm fertilizes an ovum (egg). Just like the slave-owners of centuries ago denied the humanity of blacks, today’s abortion advocates need to deny the humanity of preborn life to make their arguments work. Unfortunately for them, science and technology like 3-D ultrasounds are making it more and more obvious that every abortion ends a human life, proving it is Hillary Clinton who appears to believe something that not only isn’t true – but also clings to a belief that is out of date.
2. Mrs. Clinton’s example sets up a false dichotomy.
Abortion and its close relative, infanticide, aren’t pro-woman. Around the world, gendercide has killed more than 100 million baby girls. That’s why even Hillary Clinton told the New York Times in 2009 that she’s against sex-selection abortion, a position that’s a far cry from the Democrat party’s official platform that enshrines taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.
Pro-life women are speaking out against the lie that abortion is synonymous with women’s rights. “Women are not in a better place because of abortion,” says Carrie Earll, our vice president of government and public policy efforts here at Focus.
Reflecting back on her own abortion years ago, Earll says, “You’re almost expected to abort if you’re pregnant at an inopportune time… Legalized abortion has created a culture where abortion feels like your only choice if you want to keep your place in the workforce, or continue in school. That’s not empowerment for women – that’s bondage.”
3. Mrs. Clinton ignores the reality that defunding Planned Parenthood will not hurt the availability or quality of women’s healthcare.
Earlier in her comments, Mrs. Clinton attacked pro-life candidates who want to stop the federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Supporters of the former First Lady, eager to distance the candidate from her “terrorist” remarks, are saying women’s healthcare is the “real issue.”
From my perspective, that’s not only not the real issue – it’s not even true! The efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of the $528 million it received in federal grants and reimbursements in 2014 will not negatively impact women’s healthcare. Period. As proposed, the money would be re-routed to other eligible entities that provide all the crucial women’s health care services. They simply don’t also provide abortions.
These entities are life-affirming clinics that are far more available to women with limited resources than Planned Parenthood is. For example, right now, there are 665 Planned Parenthood locations (none of which even provide mammograms to women). Compare that to the 13,540 clinics across the nation that provide comprehensive health care for women.
Before I sign off, I want you to consider Mrs. Clinton’s “terrorist” comments from another perspective.
This time, let’s try and think about this from the vantage point of the baby in the womb.
Do you think a preborn child would consider efforts to save its life an act of terrorism? Would he or she think efforts to limit the reach of the nation’s largest abortion provider “extreme,” as Mrs. Clinton alleges?
To that child, efforts to limit abortions and provide loving care to women facing unintended pregnancies are literally life-saving. That’s what the pro-life community is doing – despite what Mrs. Clinton is claiming.
But let me ask you:
What’s the real act of terror?
I welcome your thoughts and comments.