Hillary Clinton once claimed that she, like her husband, wanted abortion to be “safe, legal and rare.” But did she really?
Back in 2003, then-Sen. Clinton opposed a bi-partisan measure to ban the gruesome late-term partial-birth abortion procedure, CNS News’s Terence P. Jeffrey recalled in a recent column.
On the Senate floor in 2003, Clinton argued that legislators should focus on reducing the national debt rather than protecting unborn babies from abortions. Partial-birth abortion is a horrific procedure where a viable, late-term baby is partially delivered outside the womb and then killed, usually by puncturing the back of the skull and removing the baby’s brains.
Here is part of Clinton’s speech defending the procedure, as CNS transcribed from a C-SPAN recording:
Clinton argued that what she described as a move “to criminalize a medical procedure” would start America down a road that would end up making this country like Cold War-era Romania and Communist China.
“In pre-democratic Romania, they had a leader named Ceausescu, a Soviet-style Communist dictator, who decided it was the duty of every Romanian woman to bear five children so they could build the Romanian State,” Clinton said. “So they eliminated birth control, they eliminated sex education, and they outlawed abortions.”
“Once a month you would be rounded up at your workplace,” she said.
“You would be taken to a government-controlled health clinic,” she said. “You would be told to disrobe while you were standing in line. You would get up on the table. You would be examined by a government doctor with a government secret police officer watching. And if you were pregnant, you would be monitored to make sure you didn’t do anything to that pregnancy.”
Then there were the Communists in China.
“If you wanted to have a child in China, you needed to get permission or face punishment,” Clinton said. “After you had your one allotted child, in some parts of China, you could be sterilized against your will or forced to have an abortion.”
The move to ban partial-birth abortion, Clinton argued, would move America toward a Romanian or Chinese-style police state.
“I don’t think we could dismiss these examples,” Clinton said in that 2003 speech. “I have seen where government gets this kind of power, it can be quickly misused. The old standard maxim by Lord Acton: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
“I raise these issues not because they are part of the past or because they happened somewhere far away, but because I can guarantee you, standing here as a senator, if we go down this path, you are going to have the same kind of overzealous, interfering prosecutors and police officers doing the very same kinds of things in this country,” Clinton said.
“Why aren’t we debating how we can get our federal budget back on the road to balance and begin to diminish these overwhelming deficits and this increasing debt load we will leave on the backs of our children?” she said.
Clinton was in the minority at the time. The measure had support from a number of Democrats, including then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and future Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, according to CNS.
The Democratic presidential candidate’s position has not changed in the past 13 years. If anything, her position on abortion is even more extreme and out of touch with most Americans.
In a September 2015 interview with NBC, Clinton defended partial-birth abortions again and voiced her support for late-term abortions up until birth, too.
“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,” Clinton said.
She also openly supports forcing taxpayers to fund these abortions by repealing the Hyde Amendment. The amendment prohibits direct taxpayer funding of abortion in Medicaid. If repealed, researchers estimate that 33,000 more babies will be aborted every year in the U.S.
It’s clear that Clinton has never wanted abortion to be safe or rare.