Hillary Clinton appears to be realizing how distasteful her radical stance on abortion is to most Americans.
The Democratic presidential candidate has not budged on her position, but she appears to be trying to win votes with less aggressive language on the issue. During an interview on The View on Tuesday, Clinton made a comment that panders to pro-life voters but is almost certain to draw ire from abortion activists.
“Of course you can be a feminist and be pro-life,” Clinton said, answering a question from pro-life actress Candice Cameron Bure.
Clinton’s statements conflict with what other well-known abortion supporters like Gloria Steinem have said. Abortion activists routinely claim feminism for themselves, arguing that abortion is a woman’s right. However, a growing number of pro-life women also call themselves feminists, saying abortion hurts women as well as their unborn babies.
Here is the full conversation, according to The Blaze:
“Do you believe you can be pro-life and a feminist?” co-host Candace Cameron Bure asked Clinton.
“Yes, I do, absolutely,” Clinton replied.
“I respect the opinions and beliefs of every woman,” Clinton said. “The reason why being pro-choice is the right way to go is because it is a choice, and hopefully a choice rooted in the thoughtfulness and care that women bring to this decision. So of course you can be a feminist and be pro-life.”
“They’re not mutually exclusive?” Cameron Bure pressed.
“No, no, absolutely,” Clinton said.
Clinton already has faced some criticism this week for mentioning “the unborn person” in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. Even mentioning that an abortion involves an unborn baby strays from abortion activists’ deceptive rhetoric.
The other statements Clinton made on The View make it clear that her radical stance on abortion has not changed. Clinton said an unborn child just hours before delivery should have no Constitutional rights. Her comments come just days after Clinton said unborn children simply do not have any Constitutional rights, which would include the right to life.
Clinton’s extreme position on abortion is clear. At a campaign event in August, she compared pro-lifers to terrorists. Then, during a September interview on CBS, Clinton revealed that she wouldn’t support a federal limit on abortion “at any state of pregnancy” in the name of a “woman’s right to choose.”
This stands in stark opposition to most Americans’ positions on abortion, according to polling. A Marist survey found that 8 in 10 Americans, including 82 percent of women, would restrict abortion to the first three months of pregnancy, at most. Even 66 percent of Americans who identify as pro-choice say they want more abortion restrictions.
Clinton also is a favorite of Planned Parenthood because she promised to overturn the Hyde Amendment if elected. The amendment protects taxpayer dollars from funding elective abortions through federal programs like Medicaid. Planned Parenthood stands to make even more money if Hyde is overturned, but a strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.