In case you’ve been recently living under a rock or fasting from the Internet, former U.S. Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton is running for President. Not surprisingly, she’s already launched into the typical political doublespeak common to Democratic politicians who wish to trample religious liberty and deny human rights to unborn human beings. For those of you who are miraculously unfamiliar with such rhetoric, here is a handy translation guide to what Clinton says versus reality.
The full video of Clinton’s speech at the “Women in the World Summit” can be viewed here (unfortunately, I’ve been unable to locate a text transcript, but I’ll update this post if I find one).
Yes, we’ve cut the material mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care [which is a euphemism for abortion and contraception] and safe childbirth. All the laws we pass don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper.
Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I – (Applause) as I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century, and not just for women but for everyone, and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.
Hillary Clinton has just gone on record as saying that she wants to use “resources and political will” to “change” the “religious beliefs” of those who oppose abortion and contraception (a.k.a. “reproductive health”). This from a woman who claims to be a Bible-believing Christian. We’ve seen evidence of this mindset already with the HHS Mandate, the bullying of the Susan G. Komen foundation, and Department of Justice harassment of pro-life sidewalk counselors. She also seems ignorant of the fact that you don’t have to have religious beliefs to oppose abortion. I suppose non-religious pro-lifers will just need to undergo a different type of government-sponsored brainwashing.
Clinton said (bolding mine):
America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby.
Clinton is using a common euphemistic tactic – she confuses “health care choices” with “contraceptives subsidized by employers.”
We all know that Hobby Lobby did not take away any health care choices from their employees. What Hillary Clinton is trying to claim is that Hobby Lobby has denied its employees the choice to use contraception. The reality is that Hobby Lobby (a Christian, but not a Catholic, business) have always offered their employees 16 different forms of contraception, and only object to 4 types that are abortifacient (i.e., that could possibly cause a newly-conceived human being to die), since the owners of Hobby Lobby are opposed, per their religious beliefs, to facilitating the death of unborn human beings.
Moreover, Hobby Lobby employees who desire contraception have the same choices they have always had. They can (a) work for Hobby Lobby and use one of the 16 different forms of contraception that are subsidized; (b) work for Hobby Lobby and pay out-of-pocket for abortifacient contraception (or get it for free or at a very low cost from Planned Parenthood or local county health clinics); or (c) work for a different employer who chooses to subsidizes abortifacient contraception. None of these choices have been taken away – and so far, the Supreme Court agrees.
There are those who offer themselves as leaders who see nothing wrong with denying women equal pay. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who would defund the country’s leading provider of family planning and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.
Clinton conveniently neglects to mention that she is one of the leaders who apparently sees nothing wrong with denying women equal pay.
She also neglects to mention that the “country’s leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, has several facilities that are under investigation for (and in some instances has been found guilty of) massive Medicaid fraud. Does Clinton support the “country’s leading provider of family planning” defrauding the American government, and by extension the American taxpayers? Seems like a funny thing for a Presidential hopeful to support.
She also neglects to mention that the “country’s leading provider of family planning” in Texas, and elsewhere, would rather close abortion clinics than abide by common-sense safety regulations, the same standards that all other ambulatory surgical centers are required to meet (for example, requiring that clinic doors are wide enough to accommodate ambulance gurneys, or requiring that doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals to ensure continuity of care). Does Clinton oppose common-sense safety regulations for ambulatory surgical centers?
She also neglects to mention that many Planned Parenthood facilities have violated mandatory reporting laws by failing to report cases of statutory rape and/or sexual abuse of a minor (facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Ohio, among others, have been so accused). Does Clinton support the sexual abuse of minors?
She also neglects to mention the horrendous conditions of many Planned Parenthood facilities, some so bad that pro-choice staff members were speaking out against them. Nor did she mention that Philadelphia Planned Parenthoods knew about the conditions at the horrific Gosnell abortion facility, but did nothing other than to (allegedly) encourage women to report the facility to the Department of Health (which admitted that it neglected to inspect Gosnell’s clinic, despite negative reports, because it didn’t want to make waves in the pro-choice community). Does Clinton oppose routine and rigorous inspections for abortion facilities?
Also, I have no idea what she’s talking about when she claims that health insurance companies “charge women just because of our gender.” Is she under the impression that men get free medical care and women’t don’t? Last time I checked, both men and women had to pay for health care.
Her speech had some good points – she spoke about the importance of families, and the need for better maternity leave options for women in the U.S. – but the good points were far outweighed by her cringeworthy political doublespeak.