To the leaders of EMILY’s List, Hillary Clinton’s troubles do not have to do so much with her extreme pro-abortion policies or her email and charity scandals as they do the fact that she is a woman.
EMILY’s List, a pro-abortion advocacy group that works to put pro-abortion women into political offices, blamed sexism for the fact that Clinton is not soaring ahead of Republican Donald Trump in the polls.
According to The Huffington Post, which profiled the 30-year-old pro-abortion group this week:
Part of what is hampering Clinton is the announcement from FBI Director James Comey ― less than two weeks before Election Day ― that he was investigating a newly discovered batch of emails that may or may not be pertinent to the private server Clinton used as secretary of state. But, for Malcolm and others who helped elect women to office, other factors seem to be at play. Clinton is graded on a curve, forced to weather many of the same sexist criticisms that have plagued female candidates for decades: that she doesn’t smile enough; that she’s untrustworthy and unlikeable; that she lacks the “strength” and “stamina” to be president.
Ellen Malcolm, who founded the political action committee in 1985, emphasized Clinton’s sex as a reason for her excitement about the election tomorrow. She said a female presidential candidate would never have gained traction 30 years ago when she began EMILY’s List.
“I’m at this stage where I don’t want to read any more news. I can’t stand it,” Malcolm told the liberal news outlet. “But on the other hand, I can’t not read it. I’m just so excited at the prospect of Hillary winning. It’s overwhelming.”
Stephanie Schriock, president of the pro-abortion group, said she also is very excited about the possibility of having a woman in the White House.
“There is an emotion that’s pent up, and I do believe that on Tuesday night, if we do what we need to do and get voters out and elect Hillary president, there is going to be an emotional release by women across this country that is going to be extraordinary,” Schriock said. “Even I feel it. I feel like I can’t have an emotion yet ― I gotta keep it contained until we get this done. We haven’t given women permission to feel this moment, and we’ve got to do that.”
EMILY’s List is spending millions this year to elect Clinton and other pro-abortion women to office. While the group emphasizes the importance of female leaders, it does not support all women candidates or represent the political leanings of many women. Those who oppose abortions, a position shared by approximately half of all American women, do not get the political group’s support.
Clinton’s abortion policies in particular are considered extreme by most women. A strong majority of Americans oppose Clinton’s plans to repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions, a recent Harvard University poll found.
Few are with Clinton on her support of late-term and partial-birth abortions either. A 2015 Marist poll found that 84 percent of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion and would limit abortions to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy.
Clinton does not represent all women, as EMILY’s List implies. Her radical policies on abortion are one of the many reasons why Clinton is not doing better in the polls.