On August 4, Hillary Clinton is launching her first television ad campaign for president in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Washington Times reports that the campaign is costing two million dollars and will focus on Clinton’s dedication to children and families.
In the first ad, titled “Dorothy,” Clinton shares about her mother’s tough upbringing. She says, “When I think about why I’m doing this, I think about my mother Dorothy. She was abandoned by her parents at the age of 8, sent from Chicago to LA to live with grandparents who didn’t want her. But people showed her kindness, gave her a chance. Like the teacher who saw my mother had no money for food and started bringing her extra from home whispering, ‘You know Dorothy, I just brought too much food today.’ “
She concludes, “When she needed a champion someone was there. I think about all the Dorothy’s all over America who fight for their families, who never give up. That’s why I’m doing this. That’s why I’ve always done this. For all the Dorothy’s.”
Then in a second ad the Clinton campaign highlights her work for children. A narrator explains: “After law school she could have gone to a big firm but instead went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. In Arkansas, she fought for school reform to change lives forever. Then as first lady she helped get health care for eight million kids. You probably know the rest.”
It is obvious that Clinton is focusing on family issues and trying to gain support from more conservative constituents through these television spots. However, there’s one big problem with this strategy: over the last three decades Clinton has managed to accumulate a radical pro-abortion record, one that is out of touch with most Americans.
In the past, Clinton has opposed late-term abortion bans and the partial birth abortion ban, which was supported by nearly 70% of Americans. She’s rallied behind the views of President Obama by supporting Obamacare and working to expand abortion access around the world. Additionally, Clinton has the full support of abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List. This will almost certainly be criticized by conservatives in light of the recent revelations about Planned Parenthood’s lucrative business of selling aborted babies for research.
Although there are still many Americans that are pro-choice, Clinton’s beliefs go far past most and this truth will be hard to cover up. In fact, earlier this year, Clinton said that Americans should change their religious beliefs to accept abortion. She said, “Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
This was a bold statement considering all the Americans who have strong convictions about the sanctity of life. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League commented on her remarks. He said, “Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church’s teachings on abortion. It’s time for Hillary to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”
Furthermore, Clinton has another problem on her hands: more and more Democrats and young people are developing pro-life convictions. A 2011 Gallop poll found that “Democrats’ views on abortion have changed the least over the past 12 years, with roughly 60% calling themselves pro-choice and about a third pro-life. Democrats’ identification as pro-choice was above this range in May 2011, but has returned to about 60% in the current poll.” In 2010, a similar poll found that support for legal abortion had “dipped” among young people.
Watch Clinton’s ads in the videos below.