Bill Clinton Lashes Out at Pro-Life Advocates During Ohio Stop for Hillary

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 18, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 18
, 2008

Steubenville, OH ( — Former president Bill Clinton made a campaign stop for Hillary in Steubenville, Ohio on Sunday and found himself greeted by more than 100 pro-life students from nearby Franciscan University of Stuebenville. According to eye witnesses accounts, Clinton lost his temper and lashed out at the pro-life students during the speech.

Clinton’s heated response came after being questioned on his support of abortion-on-demand.

"I gave you the answer. We disagree with you," Clinton said about the position he and Hillary Clinton hold on abortion.

Clinton relied on the old argument that pr-life advocates want to put women in prison, even though abortion bans have never targeted women because they are a second victim in the abortion process.

"You want to criminalize women and their doctors and we disagree,” he said of the pro-life advocates.

“If you were really pro-life, if you were really pro-life, you would want to put every doctor and every mother as an accessory to murder in prison. And you won’t say you want to do that because you know that because you know that you wouldn’t have a lick of political support,” he added.

Clinton claimed his policies and those that Hillary Clinton supports are doing more to reduce abortions even though both have steadfastly opposed bills to limit abortions, such as a ban on partial-birth abortions not spending taxpayer money on abortions.

“Now, the issue is you can’t name me anybody presently in politics that did more to introduce policies that reduce the number of real abortions instead of the hot air putting out to tear people up and make votes by dividing America,” he said.

Billy Valentine, one of the Franciscan University of Steubenville students who helped organize the protest, told that he was surprised Clinton would go to Steubenville after hundreds of students told John Kerry he was wrong on supporting abortion.

“Perhaps national Democrats will finally realize that they can’t take the heat from Steubenville pro-life students," he said.

"I have been amazed by the stupidity of these pro-abortion Democrats who think they can come campaign anywhere near Steubenville, especially after the utter embarrassment John Kerry went through in 2004 when he came here,” he added.

Later, Clinton said Hillary should become the Democratic nominee because she will stand up to pro-life advocates.

“This is not your rally. I heard you. That’s another thing you need is a president, somebody who will stick up for individual rights and not be pushed around, and she won’t,” he said.