Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton appeared to support late-term abortions, with “exceptions,” during a live town hall style meeting hosted by Fox Monday.
“Do you think a child should have any legal rights or protections before it’s born? Or do you think there should not be any restrictions on any abortions at any stage in a pregnancy?” Fox host Bret Baier asked.
Clinton answered that she was against the current Supreme Court case attempting to shut down various abortion clinics in Texas, and said she was ultimately for a woman’s right to choose to kill a child.
“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 said.
Baier pressed for clarification.
“Just to be clear, there’s no — without any exceptions?” he asked.
“No — I have been on record in favor of a late-pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother,” Clinton replies.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List pro-life organization, wrote last month that Clinton’s middle-of-the-road “exception” stance “is a loophole so big as to make the underlying restriction meaningless,” and can essentially be taken as a late-term abortion endorsement.
“It applies to anyone who claims to feel ‘mental distress’ at the thought of having a baby,” Dannenfelser said. “And it’s hard to take seriously the idea that a woman who stood by as her husband vetoed a law to prohibit the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion now opposes the very abortions the technique was designed to administer.”
Clinton’s sentiments are similar to those espoused by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz last year when pressed by Sen. Rand Paul on whether she would agree with aborting a late-term baby.
“Sounds like her answer is yes, that she’s okay with killing a seven-pound baby,” Sen. Paul said.
“But Debbie’s position, which I guess is the Democrat Party’s position, that an abortion all the way up until the day of birth would be fine, I think most pro-choice people would be really uncomfortable with that,” he added.
Despite Clinton’s legal reference, it should be noted that even the woman at the center of the