Skip to comments.HILLARY SEEKS COMMON GROUND ON ABORTION [Presidential Campaign '08...]
Posted on 01/25/2005 7:50:14 AM PST by alessandrofiaschi
HILLARY MODIFIES ABORTION LANGUAGE
Proposing new political language about abortion rights for an increasingly skittish Democratic Party, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that friends and foes on the issue should come together on "common ground" to reduce the number of "unwanted pregnancies" and ultimately abortions, which she called a "sad, even tragic choice to many, many women."
Clinton, in a speech to about 1,000 abortion rights supporters at the state Capitol, firmly restated her support for Roe v. Wade.
But then she offered warm words to opponents of abortion and said that faith and organized religion were the "primary" reasons teenagers abstained from sexual relations.
The NEW YORK TIMES is set to splash the Hillary speech.
Before you know it, by 2008, Hillary would be claiming to channel Ronnie Reagan.
She calls abortion a "sad, tragic choice," yet she supports it. What a contradiction! Typical liberal.
That'll be interesting.
She is running to the right because she knows she has the nomination sewn up. It is a game of deception to get that 5-10% of the middle.
Same as always. When your position is rejected by the voters, lie your @$$ off and pretend to be something else. Anyone who buys this claptrap ought to be forever barred from voting because they lack the intellectual capacity to make a rational decision.
Anybody got a copy of Hillary holding up that "Bush Knew" newspaper headline ?
I thought that there was a common ground on abortion. Planned Parenthood kills all of the babies that they can. Pro-Life groups get to protest those killings. This has always seemed to satisfy the Hillary types. Why do they want to change now? Feeling pressure?
Liberal Democrat practicing DISINFORMATION in hopes of fooling enough voters to win in 08.
Great photo. Reminds me of the restaurant scene in the Blues Brothers where Belushi catches the shrimp lobbed in the air by Ackroyd.
Every time a liberal says they want to find "common ground" they really mean they want us to agree with them on everything and forfeit our own convictions. Voila! Common ground.
Nobody on earth can twist words around like the Clintons. It is a real talent, and has put them where they are today. but how in h*** you can find "common ground" on this issue is beyond comprehension.
Our society will either allow the baby to be legally killed in the womb or not.
Yes, and she has four years to get the scripted act down to a tee.
I wonder how many RINO's will support her.
Just let the voters HEAR one of her "Screeching Speeches"....YIKES!! She sounds like a fishmonger's wife.
I am still really ticked off that Hillary's mom didn't abort her. But if Hitlery wants common ground, she can rectify by sacrificing herself in place of a child.
"It is a game of deception to get that 5-10% of the middle."
Problem is she is going to get it.
I think that the expression "common ground" is very outrogeous. Sen. Clinton hates life, she is only a beldam.
That's what makes them so dangerous. The sheeple love it when a leader smoothes over these difficulties for them so they can get back to Oprah and the things that matter. I'm convinced many of the people just want government to comfort them and fool them into thinking everything's OK. Clinton's are pro's at it.
Adam and Eve made
a sad, tragic choice. But God
let them make the choice.
HILLARY SEEKS COMMON GROUND ON ABORTION
[Presidential Campaign '08...]
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LBANY, Jan. 24 - Proposing new political language about abortion rights for the Democratic Party, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said today that friends and foes on the issue should come together on "common ground" to reduce the number of "unwanted pregnancies" and ultimately abortions, which she called a "sad, even tragic choice to many, many women."
Mrs. Clinton, in a speech to about 1,000 abortion rights supporters at the state Capitol, firmly restated her support for the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade. But then she quickly shifted gears, offering warm words to opponents of abortion - particularly members of religious groups - asserting that there was "common ground" to be found after three decades of emotional and political warfare over abortion.
Mrs. Clinton is widely seen as a possible candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, and her remarks signaled that she could be recalibrating her strong identification with the abortion-rights movement as the Democratic Party engages in its own re-examination of its handling of the issue in the wake of Senator John Kerry's loss in the 2004 presidential race.
Ms. Clinton has been a visible and very public defender of abortion rights, appearing at a huge rally in Washington last spring and denouncing what she called Republican efforts to demonize the abortion rights movement.
While she acknowledged in her address today that Americans have "deeply held differences" over abortion rights, Mrs. Clinton told the annual conference of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State, "I for one respect those who believe with all their heart and conscience that there are no circumstances under which abortion should be available."
In addition to her description of abortion as a "tragic choice" for many," Mrs. Clinton said that faith and organized religion were the "primary" reasons that teenagers abstain from sexual relations, and reminded the audience that during the 1990's, she promoted "teen celibacy" as a way to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
"The fact is, the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the first place," Mrs. Clinton said.
Mrs. Clinton also called today for the Bush administration, religious groups, supporters and opponents of abortion rights and others to look beyond the abortion rights divide and form a broad alliance on other issues that she suggested as less incendiary: sex-education programs for teenagers that included abstinence education, emergency contraception for women who have recently had unprotected intercourse, and family planning.
The speech was also notable for a stream of statistics and data that, Mrs. Clinton's aides said afterward, were included to underscore her view that the reduction of "unwanted pregnancies" could be a unifying issue for supporters and opponents of abortion rights.
At one point, for instance, she drew gasps from some in the audience by mentioning that 7 percent of American women who do not use contraception account for 53 percent of all unintended pregnancies.
Several women in the audience reacted positively to Mrs. Clinton, whose remarks were interrupted by applause several times and ended with a standing ovation. But they also said her language and themes seemed politically calculated to deal with the abortion "freak-out" among Democrats, as one audience member put it, and reach out to independent and conservative voters in hopes of broadening her base of support for a possible 2008 presidential run.
Un-freakin'-believable!! This creature will say anything and do anything to try to consolidate her power base. Let's just hope and pray that there are more of us and less of the brainwashed sheeple come the next election. Can you imagine this harpy in debates spewing her twisted invectives, trying to remember her lies so she can cover new ones? She has lied for so long that I don't think she could tell the truth if she indeed knew what the truth was.
She knows that Bush will nominate a pro life judge to replace Scalia, when he moves up. Hillary cannot come across as too liberal and continue to pose as a moderate democrat.
She is positioning herself in the middle as to look consistent to mute the pro life position during her run for the presidency by voting for a pro life SC judge and confirming Scalia
Ay, thik wold Hillary -- a sarcy, power-mad trollop, that she be!
Were Adam and Eve happy with their choice? Was God happy with them? Were they able to stay and live in the Garden Of Eden?
Just wait until the next abortion-related vote makes its way to the Senate floor. She can "say" anything she wishes, but, her votes will and do speak much louder.
Thanks for the ping!
We can only hope that the sheeple are listening and will hear what she really says!
It is not a mother's right to kill her baby. It is a mother's duty and obligation (responsibility)to do everything to protect the baby.
And you can't have it both way: You can't say I wouldn't do it but it's okay if you do it. That statement is an analogy for any crime.
The problem here is that Hillary's position isn't black and white. But then again, neither is the position of most Americans.
Most Americans will agree that abortion is wrong. But most Americans don't want it abolished. For most Americans the position is something like, "Yes abortion is wrong. But sometimes it's the best thing in a bad situation." So Hillary's rejection of both the chillingly materialist NARAL language and the right to life position is where most Americans actually are.
Most people's values are pragmatism based, not moral absolute based. Most people's values are based on "never close your options" or "sometimes you have to just plain do whatever it takes". That is why there has been no legislative progress whatsoever towards ending abortion despite numerous GOP presidents.
The American people accept that the Right to Life position is the moral one but the NARAL position is the practical and pragmatic one.
Hillary is in step with the mainstream...
Yes, Hillary is completely in step with the mainstream here, because the mainstream does not think in absolutes.
Most people answer right vs wrong questions by asking "What if it happenned to you or someone you cared about ?"
BOXER/HILLARY FOR '08!!!
First immigration, now abortion. She is running hard, trying to reach "the center."
Hillary lies like a rug.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Whew! ROTFLMAO!
No change is permanent. If it can change once, it can change again.
We'll see her in 2008. Hopefully, we'll see her delivering a concession speech in 2008, but we will see her.