“I respect those who believe that there are no circumstances under which any abortion should ever be available. “Hillary Clinton. “Abortion is a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women. ” In 2003, while debating a proposed ban on partial-birth abortions, Hillary referred to the unborn child as “the child, the fetus, your baby. ” Hillary has spent a lifetime fighting to keep abortions legal. Her commitment to supporting and working to reduce the number of abortions includes reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.
Hillary led efforts to make adoption easier and increase support for families in the adoption and foster care system. When Hillary defends her pro-choice position in the debate over abortion in our country, I frequently refer to Romania, where pregnancy could be monitored on behalf of the state, & to China, where it could be forcibly terminated. One reason I continue to oppose efforts to criminalize abortion is that I do not believe any government should have the power to dictate, through law or police action, a woman’s most personal decision.
The Romanian dictatorship in the 1980s banned birth control and abortion, insisting that women bear children for the sake of the state. In Romania and elsewhere, many children were born unwanted or into families that could not afford to care for them. They became wards of the state, warehoused in orphanages. “I can support a ban on late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions. But if your life is at stake, if your health is at stake, if the potential for having any more children is at stake, this must be a woman’s choice. ” “I am and always have been pro-choice, and that is not a right any of us should take for granted.
There are forces in our society that would try to turn back the clock and undermine a woman’s right to chose, and we must remain vigilant. ” “I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard. If you can presume that a child is competent to make a decision, you still want that child to have parental guidance whenever possible. ” Hillary voted liberal line on partial birth & harm the fetus.
Hillary’s votes all echo the liberal line in the Senate. She opposed the ban on partial birth abortions. She came down against criminalizing harm to a fetus during an attack on the mother. Hillary voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. This bill prohibitions taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions. Hillary voted no on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. Bill would make it a criminal offense to harm or kill a fetus during the commission of a violent crime.
This bill prohibits the death penalty from being imposed for such an offense. The bill states that its provisions should not be interpreted to apply a woman’s actions with respect to her pregnancy. Hillary voted no on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. Those who performed this procedure would then face fines and up to two years in prison, the women to whom this procedure is performed on are not held criminally liable. This bill would make the exception for cases in which a women’s life is in danger, not for cases where a women’s health is in danger.