Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book makes it clear that she is an ardent supporter of unlimited abortion. Clinton calls abortion “sacrosanct” and says there should be no compromise on promoting abortion on demand.
A passage in Clinton’s book responds to a debate earlier this year about whether or not there is a place for pro-life Democrats in the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders campaigned with a candidate for mayor in Omaha Nebraska who said he opposed abortion although officially would do nothing to stop abortions.
Some top Democrats said there should be a place for pro-life Democrats on the party while others said abortion is not negotiable. As the Washington Examiner reports, pro-abortion Hillary Clinton is in the latter category.
Clinton essentially says that, while she thinks there is room for pro-life Democrats in the party, it should continue to promote abortion on demand without limits and that abortions are sacrosanct.
“After the election,” she writes, “Bernie suggested that Democrats should be open to nominating and supporting candidates who are anti-choice. Other topics, such as economic justice, are sacrosanct, but apparently women’s health is not.”
“I don’t mean to criticize only Bernie here,” Clinton continues, “a lot of progressives join him in thinking that reproductive rights are negotiable.”
The former secretary of state also clarifies that she “[believes] there’s room in our party for a wide range of personal views on abortion.”
“I’ve been working for a quarter century with Democrats and Republicans alike to reduce the number of abortions, in part by expanding access to birth control and family planning, and we’ve made progress,” Clinton contends. “And I picked as my running mate Tim Kaine, a Democrat personally opposed to abortion because of his Catholic faith but supportive of women’s rights as a matter of law and policy.”
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“But,” she concludes, “when personal views on abortion become public actions– votes on legislation or judges or funding that erode women’s rights– that’s a different matter.”
Clinton then said the ability to kill unborn children in abortion is “central” to women’s rights.
“We have to remain a big tent, but a big tent is only as strong as the poles that hold it up. Reproductive rights is central to women’s rights and women’s health, and it’s one of the most important tent poles we’ve got,” Clinton writes.