Hillary Clinton Defends Partial-Birth Abortions, Happy Bill Clinton Vetoed Bill to Ban Them

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2016   |   11:33AM   |   Washington, DC

During Saturday’s republican presidential debate, pro-life Florida Senator Marco Rubio made it clear that there is a huge contrast with Hillary Clinton and her position supporting unlimited abortions. Rubio said Clinton’s abortion position is “extreme,” adding that she supports abortion on “the baby’s due date.”

Clinton’s campaign yesterday responded to Rubio and brought up a September Clinton interview with NBC, where she ultimately defended abortion up to birth and even went so far as defending partial-birth abortions. Clinton supports a gutting health exception that essentially allows unlimited abortions up to birth in many states in the United States.

Her campaign pointed NBC News to remarks she made during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

“I’ve said … that there can be restrictions in the very end of the third trimester, but they have to take into account the life and health of the mother,” Clinton said on “Meet the Press” in September.

“My husband vetoed a very restrictive legislation on late-term abortions, and he vetoed it at an event in the White House where we invited a lot of women who had faced this very difficult decision, that ought to be made based on their own conscience, their family, their faith, in consultation with doctors. Those stories left a searing impression on me,” she continued.

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In addition, during a Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Clinton defended Roe v. Wade — which allows virtually unlimited abortions. She again defended the health exception that provides for abortion without most limits.

Hillary was asked, “Are with — I know no Supreme Court decision’s perfect, but are you satisfied with Roe v. Wade the way it is? If you had to live with that all through your presidency would you say, ‘That’s where I’m at?’”

She responded, “Yes, absolutely, Chris. I mean, there is no doubt that that decision recognized the rights of women to make these really difficult choices, and it is as close as I think we could ever get to, you know, making it clear that there can be restrictions after a certain point, so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into effect. And I think it has been a decision that, you know, has been important to the constitutional rights of women, but I also think that, because it was premised on, you know, women making their own choices, there’s plenty of room for women to make whichever choice they so choose to make, and that’s how it should be in our country.”

Hillary then said, “Absolutely. … I don’t know what he was talking about. I’m not sure he knew what he was talking about. He is moving as far to the right as he possibly can get. But Roe is very clear, that if you take into account the life and the health of the mother, there can be exceptions to restrictions that are imposed, that are lawful, constitutional.”