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In speech to UN, Hillary Clinton again ties abortion to “gender equality”

by | Mar 14, 2014

 

By Dave Andrusko

Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, listens before her speech at a U.N. meeting to kick off events for the International Women’s Day, March 7, 2014 at United Nations headquarters.  BEBETO MATTHEWS — AP Photo

Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, listens before her speech at a U.N. meeting to kick off events for the International Women’s Day, March 7, 2014 at United Nations headquarters.
BEBETO MATTHEWS — AP Photo

A tip of the hat to Kristen Andersen. I had not seen or heard about pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s speech last Friday to the United Nations where she offered a “bedrock truth”: abortion and women’s advancement go hand in hand.

This tiresome mantra is nothing new, either from the broader abortion community or from Clinton herself. Clinton, formerly a senator from New York and Secretary of State, is widely expected to run for President in 2016 and is an early frontrunner.

CNN’s Politicalticker blog headlined its account of Clinton’s March 7 speech marking International Women’s Day, “Clinton ties ‘broader human development’ with women’s reproductive rights.” I search the UN webpage but couldn’t find the text, so what follows is based on various news accounts.

Seated next to United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Clinton said, “There is one lesson from the past, in particular, that we cannot afford to ignore: You cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights.”

This is both wrong and tragic. As you read stories about her speech, Mrs. Clinton makes numerous unassailable assertions about the importance of equality for women and girls. But, alas, as do so many pro-abortionists, she hitches abortion to the wagon of humanity equality, in the process ignoring the equality of the unborn child. Here are just three quick examples of Clinton’s strong feelings on abortion (in reverse order):

Reporting on a June 2012 UN Conference, the Christian Science Monitor wrote of then Secretary of State Clinton

“She received applause when she added, ‘Women must be empowered to make decisions about whether and when to have children.’ The U.S. ‘will continue to work to ensure that those rights are respected in international agreements,’ Clinton said.”

At a 2009 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, pro-life Congressman Chris Smith, questioning Clinton about whether euphemisms (such as “reproductive health”) are code for abortion. “We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health,” Clinton told Smith. “And reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare.”

Way back in 1995, speaking at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, Clinton argued that “The international community has long acknowledged….that both women and men are entitled to a range of protections and personal freedoms, from the right of personal security to the right to determine freely the number and spacing of the children they bear.“

When it comes to abortion and the Clintons, like husband, like wife.

Categories: United Nations