by Steven Ertelt
April 8, 2008
Salem, OR (LifeNews.com) — Comments pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made over the weekend have drawn significant attention from those opposed to euthanasia. Clinton gave a convoluted answer to a local Oregon newspaper’s question on assisted suicide but appeared to support the grisly practice.
The Eugene Register Guard newspaper asked Clinton about her "attitude" towards the law.
"I believe it’s within the province of the states to make that decision," Clinton said.
She said she didn’t know if she would have voted for the law when Oregon voters twice voted to make the state the first to legalize assisted suicide.
"I don’t know the answer to that. I have a great deal of sympathy for people who are in difficult end-of-life situations," she said. "I’ve never been personally confronted with it but I know it’s a terribly difficult decision that should never be forced upon anyone."
"So with appropriate safeguards and informed decision-making, I think it’s an appropriate right to have," Clinton concluded.
For Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, the last comment establishes her support for assisted suicide in his mind.
"It appears that Hilary Clinton supports assisted suicide," he told LifeNews.com. The Clinton statement "would suggest that she supports assisted suicide."
"Even-though she is guarded in her comments she does say that, ‘I think it’s an appropriate right to have,’" Schadenberg added.
The anti-euthanasia activist told LifeNews.com that the knowledge of Clinton’s support for assisted suicide should cause any pro-life voters to re-evaluate supporting her.
"It shouldn’t surprise people that she would favor assisted suicide but it must be considered a factor when people are deciding who to vote for in November," he said.
Clinton also said she found Oregon’s law "beneficial" and one that is valuable for patients.
"I commend Oregon on this count, as well, because whether I agree with it or not or think it’s a good idea or not, the fact that Oregon is breaking new ground and providing valuable information as to what does and doesn’t work when it comes to end-of-life questions, I think, is very beneficial."
Noted attorney, author and bioethics watchdog Wesley Smith says Clinton’s answer shows she likely knows very little about the problems that have occurred under the 1997 statute.