Whomever the Republican nominee for president may be, there is no question that he or she will be more pro-life than Hillary Clinton.
However, even for a member of the Democratic Party, her views on abortion are extreme. Clinton recently came out in support of overturning the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayers from directly funding abortions.
This position is an unpopular one in the United States at large, and even among abortion advocates. A new Marist poll shows that more than two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including a majority of Americans who identify as pro-choice.
According to the poll, women are more likely to oppose taxpayer funding abortion than men, a fact that challenges Clinton’s framing of resistance to abortion expansion as an attack on women.
Today’s survey shows the percentage of Americans opposing taxpayer funding of abortion (68 percent) has risen significantly since 2009, when 61 percent of Americans opposed public financing of abortions.
Hillary Clinton justifies her plan to institute free abortions throughout the United States, if elected, as a means of expanding abortion “choice” to poor and rural women. But her plan forces Americans to subsidize an act that violates their own consciences. Unfortunately for Clinton, even supporters of access to abortion overall do not agree with her plan to mandate taxpayer funding of abortion against Americans’ own will.
Though a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion was upheld by the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton recently said, “I think we should do everything we can to repeal the Hyde Amendment.”
Clinton’s extreme position on abortion is clear. At a campaign event in August, she compared pro-lifers to terrorists. Then, during a September interview on CBS, Clinton said she would oppose a federal limit on abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Clinton revealed that she wouldn’t support a federal limit on abortion “at any state of pregnancy” in the name of a “woman’s right to choose.”
This position, too, stands in opposition to most Americans’ positions on abortion, according to the new poll. The Marist survey found that 8 in 10 Americans, including 82 percent of women, would restrict abortion to the first three months of pregnancy, at most. Even 66 percent of Americans who identify as pro-choice say they want more abortion restrictions.
Clinton’s strong commitment to create change differentiates her from even pro-abortion President Barack Obama, and, if elected, would make her the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history.