Pro-Life Advocate: GOP Senators Give Pro-Abortion Clinton a Pass in Hearing

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocate: GOP Senators Give Pro-Abortion Clinton a Pass in Hearing

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 14
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Senate Republicans are now zero for two when it comes to questioning pro-abortion nominees to hear Family Research Council president Tony Perkins tell it. Perkins says the pro-abortion Secretary of State nominee was impervious during her Senate hearing only because GOP lawmakers failed to grill her.

Clinton is a longtime abortion advocate and Perkins says the pro-life Republican senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee failed in their job of asking her what she will do about promoting abortion on an international scale.

The former New York senator and presidential candidate faced the panel on Tuesday and Perkins says not one question about abortion came up.

"Yesterday’s confirmation hearings for Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton … looked more like a love-fest than the vetting that is associated with confirmations," he told

Perkins says pro-life advocates should be worried about what Clinton will do during the Barack Obama administration because the pair could put the nation’s stamp of approval on documents creating an international right to abortion.

"At Clinton’s hearing, no mention was made of the dangerous CEDAW treaty (the U.N.’s so-called Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women)," he said. "Although the U.S. has never ratified it, Clinton would likely pursue CEDAW, flinging open the doors even wider to international abortion policy."

Perkins also said lawmakers should have asked Clinton about the U.N.’s so-called Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC).

That document "doesn’t recognize a child’s right to be born" he said.

The FRC president also said lawmakers could have done a little research to find out about the infamous "Red Cable."

That "was sent to every U.S. Embassy by her husband’s administration back in 1994, ordering all U.S. ambassadors and consuls to press their host countries to legalize abortion-on-demand."

Perkins called the performance by pro-life members of the committee an "ostrich-like performance" of a "loyal opposition" that appeared to be more loyal than opposite for his tastes.

"For the second day, Republicans completely failed to pressure the liberal nominees on any of the important social and family issues they’ll face in their respective departments," he concluded.

Perkins was also upset with Senate Republicans for not asking HHS Secretary nominee Tom Daschle tough questions.

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