Time Magazine Editor Claims Hillary Clinton "Conservative" on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 9, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Time Magazine Editor Claims Hillary Clinton "Conservative" on Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 9,

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Time Magazine editor has drawn guffaws from media watchdogs for a Thursday night interview on MSNBC during which she called pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a "moral conservative" on the issue of abortion. The comment reveals the kind of bias often found at the newsmagazine.

MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson asked Amy Sullivan, editor of the "Nation" section for Time magazine, about Hillary Clinton’s "core beliefs."

"It seems that on social issues, by which I mean kind of welfare and economic issues, she’s fairly liberal. But she’s a moral conservative," Sullivan explained, according to a Media Research Center report.

"Which is to say that she also gets behind, you know, things like values issues. She’s endorsed a plan to lower abortion rates that actually just passed through the House and Senate conference committee this week," Sullivan added.

Carlson corrected Sullivan and said, "She also has come out in support of partial-birth abortion, against the vast majority of Americans, at least as measured by poll numbers. So that suggests that’s an issue she really believes in."

"But she also stood up to the choice community a few years ago and declared that abortion was a tragedy," Sullivan responded.

Carlson said that wasn’t really standing up to leading abortion advocates and pointed out that Bill Clinton tried to moderate his extreme abortion stance by saying abortions should be safe, legal and rare.

"Has she ever suggested placing any restriction of any kind on abortion, limiting for instance abortion for sex selection? Or any restriction, of any kind. Ever? I must have missed it. Has she?" Tucker asked Sullivan.

Sullivan, who once worked as an aide to pro-abortion Democratic Senator Tom Daschle, avoided the question and said Clinton has worked to combat unplanned pregnancies and provide help for pregnant women.

Sullivan appeared on MSNBC to plug the magazine’s new cover story by Joe Klein: "What Hillary Believes."