by Steven Ertelt
April 25, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After giving a prominent speech in which she called for common ground on the abortion debate, Senator Hillary Clinton has refused to meet with a coalition of pro-life groups that sought to dialogue with her.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition and one of the leaders in attempting to secure a meeting, said he was "profoundly disappointed" Clinton refused to meet.
"It now seems that the statements Senator Clinton made, concerning finding common ground on abortion, were politically motivated and not sincere," he said.
A spokesman from Clinton’s Senate office had not returned a phone message by press time.
Mahoney said Clinton’s comments should be viewed as an attempt to moderate her public perception in advance of a potential 2008 presidential bid.
"These comments should now be viewed as an attempt to reinvent herself and appear less radical on the issue of abortion in light of the 2008 race for the White House," he said. "I think it is critical that the American public focus more on what Senator Clinton does concerning abortion, rather than her rhetoric, as we move closer to the presidential campaign season."
During her January speech to abortion activists, 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.
In another speech, in March, Clinton bashed President Bush for not using taxpayer dollars to fund groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries.