Hillary Clinton wasted no time in attacking the entire pro-life movement after Donald Trump made a comment that he later revoked about punishing women who have abortions.
In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC, which is no friend to pro-lifers, host Chris Matthews asked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump if he thought women should be punished for having abortions if abortion becomes illegal again. Trump responded that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who get abortions.
After facing a harsh backlash from pro-life and pro-abortion groups alike, Trump took back his original statement and said he believes abortion doctors should be punished, not women.
While pro-life advocates yearn for the day when unborn children are protected under law and abortions are banned, the pro-life movement has historically opposed punishing women who have abortions — instead focusing on holding abortion practitioners criminally accountable for the unborn children they kill in abortions.
However, in an interview with CNN, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton used Trump’s original statement to intentionally misrepresent the entire pro-life movement.
Here is part of the interview:
“The Republicans all line up together,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“Now maybe they aren’t quite as open about it as Donald Trump was earlier today, but they all have the same position,” she said, noting anti-abortion positions taken by both John Kasich and Ted Cruz. “If you make abortion a crime — you make it illegal — then you make women and doctors criminals.”
“Why is it, I ask myself, Republicans want limited government, except when it comes to women’s health?” she said.
Many Trump’s critics have sought to paint him as hostile to women, and Clinton said she largely agreed with that assessment.
Clinton’s attack is exactly what many pro-life leaders predicted would happen after Trump’s initial remark. On Twitter, leading pro-life advocates collectively face-palmed and were quick to point out the ineptitude of Trump’s comments, saying they make him look as if he is not genuinely pro-life:
An example of his profound ignorance doing damage to the movement he’s pretending to support. https://t.co/jOUi1sEXuB
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 30, 2016
Couldn’t agree more. Not mainstream, or really anyone I know who is pro-life. https://t.co/EtpQwZiMbl
— Jeanne F. Mancini (@jeannemfl) March 30, 2016
The Blaze reported that “the position that women should be punished for an abortion isn’t one held by any mainstream pro-life group and is unpopular among pro-life activists,” and referenced this poll:
The unfortunate reality is that the mainstream media allows extreme pro-abortion candidates like Clinton to get away with supporting abortion for basically any reason, even on viable, late-term babies, but badgers pro-life candidates with constant gotcha questions.
In the CNN interview, Cooper never questioned Clinton’s statements about the pro-life movement by referencing polls or major pro-life groups’ positions on the issue. Instead, he allowed Clinton time to blast Trump and the pro-life movement as extremists, all the while never questioning Clinton on her own extreme pro-abortion position.
Clinton has radical stance on abortion that is out of touch with most Americans. If elected, she has promised to overturn the Hyde Amendment, forcing Americans to fund abortions with tax dollars; and she openly opposes restrictions on late-term abortions when babies are viable outside the womb. Most Americans don’t stand with Clinton on these issues.