by Steven Ertelt
February 9, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups are requesting a meeting with pro-abortion Senator Hillary Clinton following her speech last month seeking "common ground" on the issue of abortion. The Christian Defense Coalition is holding a news conference today to make the announcement to the public.
During her speech, Clinton said there is "an opportunity for people of good faith to find common ground in this debate."
The former First Lady said Americans should agree that "we want every child in this country to be wanted, cherished and loved. We can all recognize that abortion in many ways represents a sad, even tragic, choice to many, many women."
The speech shocked abortion advocates, who later defended Clinton. Meanwhile, pro-life advocates were skeptical that her words would turn into actions supporting pro-life bills to reduce abortions.
However, the Christian Defense Coalition is taking up the senator on her offer to find common ground. The pro-life group is sending Clinton a letter explaining why.
"Senator Clinton, it is truly our hope that you were sincere in your desire to reach out to people of faith and the pro-life community," the letter says. "It would be very disappointing and troubling to discover your recent statements were motivated only by political posturing."
"Senator Clinton, a discussion with the pro-life community would help determine if you were sincere in your comments, or if you were attempting to reinvent yourself on the topic of abortion, to appear less radical," the letter states.
Clinton is considered a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2008 and the letter tells her "anyone who embraces a radical abortion-rights position cannot be elected to the White House."
The group will then go to Senator Clinton’s office to schedule a meeting and present the Senator with a letter discussing reasons why a direct conversation on abortion is so necessary.
A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey of New York voters released today found that a whopping 63 percent were not familiar with her abortion speech.
According to the poll, some 55 percent said they did not think common ground on abortion was possible while 39 percent said it could happen.