Fact check for Hillary: 80% of Americans are Opposed to Unrestricted Abortion Access
Hillary Clinton was pressed Monday evening over her support for late-term abortions during a Fox News town hall. Host Bret Baier asked the Democratic front-runner about her position on the controversial procedure. “Do you think a child should have any legal rights or protections before its born? Or do you think there should not be any restrictions on any abortions at any stage in a pregnancy?” he asked. “Under Roe v. Wade, which is rooted in the Constitution, women have this right to make this highly personal decision with their family in accordance with their faith, with their doctor,” Clinton responded. She added, “It’s not much of a right if it is totally limited and constrained.”
“This position is radically out of touch with the American people,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund. “A Marist poll released in mid-January revealed that 8 out of 10 Americans – 80 percent — would restrict abortion, at most, to the first three months of pregnancy. Mrs. Clinton is not alone in assuming such extreme views. A number of months ago a reporter asked Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she would support aborting a seven pound unborn baby. She replied that she does not support any limits on abortion; in other words, ‘yes.’”
“In days past abortion advocates used the phrase ‘safe, legal and rare,’” Mrs. Mancini added. “President Clinton used this term when referring to general policy but today the new normal is abortion, without limits, on demand. This is a significant tactical change. No longer are the pro-abortion forces feigning to be concerned for the mother or the child. There are few doctors in America who would recommend a woman have an abortion within days of birth. The trauma to the mother and the death of a fully viable fetus would be dangerous and deadly.”
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.
Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund is available for commentary. For more information, please contact Ryan Hughes at RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.