Could Bill Clinton actually be pro-life?
The President who once said that abortion should be “legal, safe, and rare”—a big departure from the Democratic Party’s current all-abortion, all-the-time programming—doesn’t believe that.
According to newly-released audio recordings from a longtime Clinton friend and presidential biographer, Clinton had plenty to say about abortion. The audio was recorded in the late-1990s, when Clinton was still in the White House.
Decrying the “insensitivity” of the pro-choice lobby, Bill Clinton complained that activists were handing Republicans a winning issue and hurting their own cause.
He was also afraid that pro-choice activists “framed the question selfishly by putting it in terms of a woman’s right to do whatever she wanted,” which he thought made the whole movement seem like it was only about a “selfish woman’s right to crush her baby’s skull.”
But, unlike today’s Democrats who refuse to put a timestamp on when abortion should not be legal, Clinton was firmly against so-called “partial birth abortions.”
Clinton said: “I believe that if you can’t make up your mind in the first six months, you don’t have the right to have an abortion.”
Hillary Clinton is running for President—and intends to make her being a woman one of her strongest qualifications for office.
Part of that—the focus of the Left’s “war on women” rhetoric—is centered around abortion. It remains to be seen whether or not Bill’s comparatively conservative values (at least by the standards of the Democratic Party) will have any impact on her standing with liberal women.