Hillary Clinton blasts Trump: Abortion is a ‘human right’
February 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized President Donald Trump’s State Department on Twitter last week for a recent move to trim abortion language in its annual global human rights report.
“Women’s rights are human rights,” Clinton tweeted. “That was a radical idea back in 1995. It shouldn’t still be two decades later.”
Clinton was sharing a Politico report on a State Department order to cut back portions in a forthcoming annual report on global human rights.
Women’s rights are human rights. That was a radical idea back in 1995. It shouldn’t still be two decades later.https://t.co/BYZR7nI8Qh— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 22, 2018
The human rights report usually discusses “women’s reproductive rights” and discrimination, according to the Politico article. The article also said five former and current State Department officials had reported an order to remove passages describing societal views on “family planning,” including how much access women have to contraceptives and abortion.
Another section chronicling racial, ethnic and sexual discrimination had also been ordered trimmed down, according to Politico. The order is thought to have come from a top aide to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Previous State Department human rights reports have focused on “women's reproductive rights” in detail, Politico said, giving numerous statistics and anecdotes to illustrate scenarios in a given country.
The media outlet said the order “reflects the Trump administration’s rightward turn from the Obama administration on family planning issues.”
Clinton skirmished with then-candidate Trump over abortion during the 2016 campaign in the last debate between them.
The former First Lady, New York senator, Secretary of State and then presidential candidate stated during the debate she “strongly supported Roe v. Wade” and criticized Trump’s expressed support for defunding Planned Parenthood. She also defended having said unborn children have no constitutional rights, along with her having voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Trump responded by saying, “I think it’s terrible,” of Clinton’s support for late term abortion. He described an abortion method in such detail that no other presidential candidate or president has done, then stating, “That’s not acceptable.”
In addition to stating that “the unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights,” she has said "religious beliefs" against abortion "have to be changed."
Clinton has repeatedly praised and defended Planned Parenthood, and she supported the Obama Administration's HHS contraception and abortion mandate forcing religious institutions and churches to fund abortion.
As a New York senator, she argued passionately against banning partial-birth abortion and voted against the ban. While First Lady, her husband explained his refusal to sign the partial-birth abortion ban by saying, "Hillary and I prayed about it, and it's the right thing to do."
Since losing the presidency to Donald Trump in 2016 Clinton has called legalized abortion-on-demand "sacrosanct" and said support for it should be a litmus test for Democratic Party legislators.
At Planned Parenthood’s annual gala last May Clinton had also said supporting abortion is "the right and moral position to take."