Hillary Clinton Defends Donation to Pro-Life Democrat, Despite Abortion View

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 7, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton, a pro-abortion New York senator viewed by most as a leading Democratic candidate for president in 2008, is defending herself from more criticism that she gave a large donation to a pro-life Democrat running for the Senate.

Clinton donated $10,000 to the campaign of pro-life Pennsylvania Senate candidate Bob Casey, the maximum amount her political action committee, HillPAC can give under campaign finance laws.

Clinton said her decision to make the donation was motivated by partisan politics — she wants to see more Democrats in the Senate and possibly enough to recapture the chamber from Republicans.

"Regardless of what differences there may be among Democrats, the differences between Democrats and Republicans today could not be starker," Clinton said Tuesday at a news conference.

"And if we can move toward a Democratic majority, we can prevent some of the ill-advised legislation and nominations we have to deal with from ever seeing the light of day," she said.

Casey is running against pro-life Sen. Rick Santorum, a longtime champion of legislation against abortion who lead the fight against partial-birth abortions. Polls show Casey with a lead, but he is facing strong opposition from pro-abortion groups because of his pro-life position.

The National Organization for Women and Emily’s List staunchly oppose Casey’s bid, even though he is a Democrat, because of his pro-life views. The groups are sponsoring an online petition drive asking party leaders to sabotage his Senate bid.

Clinton made the maximum donation allowed by law to Casey from her political action committee, HillPAC. The donation was also the largest she gave to any candidate in 2005.

It may come as a surprise to some, but there may be self-serving reasons for the questionable donation.

Santorum drew Clinton’s ire after he published a rebuttal book to her "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child." Santorum’s was titled "It Takes a Family."

Clinton could also benefit from having a Democrat senator in Pennsylvania as Santorum would be likely to help the campaign of the Republican candidate for president in 2008, especially if Clinton runs and becomes the nominee of her party.

For Clinton, supporting abortion is still a salient issue and she proved her credentials again with her recent vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Not only did she vote against Alito’s nomination, she backed a filibuster engaged in by a handful of the most ardent pro-abortion members of the party.

About Alito, Clinton said "He will intensify his campaign to roll back" abortion rights granted in the Roe v. Wade decision.