Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill used to say that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.”
She’s certainly changed her tune as of late.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Hillary complained about people who are making a big deal about late-term abortions in the wake of New York’s new law allowing late-term abortions not just if the mother’s health is at risk.
The wording of the law has led many people to worry that the law could be interpreted to allow late-term abortions if someone decides that a mother’s emotional health is at risk if she does not want the baby or is afraid she won’t be able to properly take care of it.
But Hillary tried to pacify all the critics on Tuesday by writing, “Only about 1% of abortions happen later in pregnancy — almost always because a woman’s health or life is at risk, or the pregnancy is no longer viable.”
“Lying about this is dangerous, and a slap in the face to families who face heartbreaking situations,” she also wrote, referencing a New York Times article criticizing President Trump for saying that the law allows babies to be aborted up to the moment of birth.
“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days,” Trump said during his recent State of the Union address. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.”
Writing for Townhall, editor Lauretta Brown confirmed that Hillary’s claim that late-term abortions only make up “about 1% of abortions” is accurate — 1.3 percent is the more precise number. But she pointed out that that means 12,000 babies are still being killed after 21 weeks of pregnancy.
She also questioned Hillary’s claim that these late-term abortions are “almost always because a woman’s health or life is at risk, or the pregnancy is no longer viable.”
Brown said that according to a 2013 Guttmacher Institute study, “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
The Times backed up Hillary’s claim, saying late-term abortions usually occur “because the fetus has been found to have a fatal condition that could not be detected earlier, such as a severe malformation of the brain, or because the mother’s life or health is at serious risk.”
But Hillary and the Times still left the definition of what constitutes a danger to a mother’s “health” vague.
“The ‘life or health’ stipulation is a broad and notoriously vague legal term that can be interpreted to even include mental health,” Brown wrote.
Whatever the reasoning given for aborting a baby late-term, the terminated lives of the 12,000 babies are nothing to scoff about, she argued.