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January 25, 2005

Hillary Criticizes Bush On Abortions [Say Anything]

ALBANY, N.Y. - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton complained the Bush administration is shortchanging family planning efforts and said that may be causing abortion rates to go up in some parts of the country.

The New York Democrat told about 1,000 fellow abortion rights supporters Monday, two days after the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, that family planning funding was a priority during her husband's administration and "we saw the rate of abortion consistently fall."

"The abortion rate fell by one-quarter between 1990 and 1995, the steepest decline since Roe was decided in 1973," Clinton told the 28th annual conference of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State, referring to the Roe v. Wade decision. "The rate fell another 11 percent between 1994 and 2000."

Asked about the Clinton criticism, White House spokesman Ken Lasaius said, "The president believes we ought to work together to promote a culture of life.

"He's made it very clear that whether we agree or disagree on the issue of abortion, that we can all work together to take practical steps to reduce the number of abortions that occur," Lasaius added.

If Senator Clinton is so interested in reducing the number of abortions in America maybe she'd like to chance her pro-abortion stance on the issues.

I don't understand these politicians who take the "make abortions legal but rare" stance on the issue. That seems like a vain attempt to get on both sides of the issue. To me there are no such gray areas in this issue. Either you're for abortions, or you're against them. Either you believe that an abortion ends a life or you believe that it is no more than a procedure to remove some excess tissue from a woman's body.

Trying to keep abortions "rare" while working to keep them legal is a self-defeating cause. As long as they are legal, they will not be rare.

[Cross-posted at Say Anything]

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