by Steven Ertelt
September 3, 2007
Portsmouth, NH (LifeNews.com) — Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigned in New Hampshire over the weekend and told voters that the she won’t soften her hard-core pro-abortion views if she’s elected president. That could cause her problems as a recent poll showed extreme pro-abortion views are a turnoff to women voters.
Clinton promised she would bring change as president but also vowed she would never compromise on her pro-abortion views.
"Ultimately, to bring change, you have to know when to stand your ground, and when to find common ground," she said. "You need to know when to stick to principles and fight, and know when to make principled compromises."
Clinton didn’t back down from those pro-abortion views in an August speech to leaders at Planned Parenthood.
There, she pledged continuing support for the nation’s largest abortion business and bragged of her 100 percent voting record with that organization.
"I’m very proud of our partnership, of working together over so many years on behalf of reproductive freedom and health care and fundamental Constitutional rights and values," she said.
"[W]hen I’m president, I will devote my very first days in office to reversing these ideological, anti-science, anti-prevention policies that this administration has put into place," she said of President Bush’s pro-life policies.
Last month, the respected Polling Company firm conducted a survey with 600 women voters of both parties from August 15-20.
The poll revealed that Hillary’s positions on abortion were at odds with a majority of American women.
Some 64 percent of women voters would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who voted against the partial-birth abortion ban — a measure Clinton voted against on four occasions.
Sixty-eight percent of women voters are less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports taxpayer-funded abortion — something Hillary Clinton adamantly supports.
And 73 percent of those polled said they would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who voted against a law that would have made it a criminal act for an adult to take a girl younger than 18 years of age across state lines to get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.
Clinton twice voted against a Congressional bill to do just that.
“Clinton needs women voters to win, yet her extreme abortion policies remain out of step with the majority of American women," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews.com about the poll.
"The feminist lobby may support her radical positions, but in the real and bigger world of women voters, Clinton’s extremism fails to translate into votes. Hillary needs more in common with women voters than anatomy," Dannenfelser added.