Hillary Clinton squirmed quite a bit today when questioned by Chris Wallace about whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun.
She reluctantly conceded the point (if one believes her) but then quickly added that the right is subject to government regulation. From the interview:
WALLACE: And the Second Amendment includes an individual right to bear arms.
CLINTON: Yes, but that right like every other of our rights, our First Amendment rights, every right that we have is open to and even subject to reasonable regulations.
Fair enough. But what about the abortion right–a Supreme Court invention? Does she believe that is also “subject to reasonable regulations”?
Not. A. Chance. Clinton believes not only in an absolute right to abortion, but that women should be able to have free abortions paid by the state. From a speech she made earlier this year:
I believe we need to protect access to safe and legal abortion, not just in principle, but in practice.
Any right that requires you to take measures to access it, is no right at all.
Not when patients and providers have to endure harassment and intimidation just to walk into a health center; not when making an appointment means taking time off from work, finding child care, and driving half-way across your state; not when providers are required by state law to recite misleading information to women in order to shame and scare them; and not as long as we have laws on the books like the Hyde Amendment, making it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights.
She is also on record as stating that religious beliefs about abortion “have to changed.” So much for a robust First Amendment.
Hillary Clinton: Abortion right absolutist, First and Second Amendment relativist.
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.