Failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday America is now comparable to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudan after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning abortion decisions to the states.
“It’s so shocking to think that in any way we’re related to poor Afghanistan and Sudan,” Clinton said, according to Fox News, regarding abortion rights during the Women’s Voices Summit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. “But as an advanced economy as we allegedly are, on this measure, we unfortunately are rightly put with them.”
“This struggle is between autocracy and democracy from our country to places we can’t even believe we’re being compared to,” Clinton said, according to the report.
Following the report of Clinton’s statement, conservative host and author Mark Levin asked on Twitter, “If so, then why isn’t Hillary required to cover her face and close her mouth?”
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— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 3, 2022
Clinton also joined left-wing PBS’s Christiane Amanpour to affirm her view that women’s abortion rights in Arkansas now compare to those in Islamist countries and in Ukraine where Russian soldiers have weaponized rape.
On the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified that, save to protect the life of the mother, abortion is now banned in the state.
As Media Research Center’s Newsbusters reported, the sympathetic Amanpour asked Clinton her thoughts on the “unfinished business” of the pro-abortion rights movement.
Clinton responded that while significant progress has been made, “we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been, I think, taken for granted by too many people is under attack.”
“Literally under attack in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine where rape is a tactic of war, or under attacks by political and cultural forces in a country like our own when it comes to women’s health care and bodily autonomy,” she said.
Clinton added she was “thrilled” to be back in Arkansas, where she was married and had her daughter. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, also served as governor of Arkansas.
“I have so many friends,” she told Amanpour. “And the Clinton Presidential Center is a real source of bringing people together and talking about tough, difficult issues because we have to continue talking and listening to each other.
“But, I mean, how much persuasion can we expect when it comes to our – and I’m speaking as a woman, basic rights,” Amanpour joined her. “Whether it’s in the United States or around the world.”
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— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) December 2, 2022
Clinton pointed to the bipartisan nature of the Senate’s recent vote to codify same-sex marriage in federal law as an example of the kind of “conversations” that need to happen to convince people about abortion rights as well.
As has been the case with many Democrats, Clinton said, with the abortion ban in Arkansas, “we have seen already where women with miscarriages go in for medical care and are turned away.”
In an interview with The Star News Network, published in early September, Dr. Christina Francis, an OB/GYN who is CEO-elect of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), said among the top falsehoods, spread by the abortion industry and its allies, that her organization has been challenging is that women will be unable to obtain treatment for ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages in states that have outlawed abortion.
“Which, of course, is not true,” Francis said. “All you have to do is look at the state laws and look at the language in the state laws that are on the books to see that they don’t outlaw those kinds of treatments.”
“But, also, look to the practices of those of us who have practiced medicine our entire careers, or practices of hospitals that did not allow abortion, such as Catholic hospital systems, where we’ve always been able to treat those conditions,” Francis continued, adding:
And what about when a woman’s life is in danger because of a pregnancy complication? While that may be termed by some an “abortion,” one, it’s allowed by state laws that are very clear about ending a pregnancy early, prematurely separating mom and baby in situations where the mom’s life is in danger, but also, again, looking to our everyday practice, you know, as an OB hospitalist, I am managing high risk OB patients, I am taking care of those rare situations where mom’s life is in danger because of a pregnancy complication. And in those circumstances, I, as well as every other competent physician knows, that’s not the same as an elective abortion.
Francis said she and other trained OB/GYN’s can still intervene in these emergencies, noting that “well-trained OBs know how to identify signs that a woman is becoming sick before she becomes critically ill so that we can intervene before.”
“That’s the other piece of misinformation that we’re hearing,” Francis added, “that women have to be going to the ICU before you can intervene – which is not true at all.”
“That’s medical malpractice, if physicians are waiting until that point to try to intervene,” she asserted.
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Susan Berry, PhD is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Hillary Clinton” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Background Photo “U.S. Supreme Court” by Jarek Tuszyński. CC BY-SA 3.0.