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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Safe, Legal, and Never: Hillary Clinton's Bold Move

No matter where you line up in the debate over abortion rights, you really should read "Safe, Legal, and Never: Hillary Clinton's Anti-Abortion Strategy" by William Saletan in Slate.

Saletan is reporting on -- and analyzing-- Clinton's speech earlier this week as part of Roe v. Wade observations. Buried inside the typical praise for Roe v. Wade is a carefully crafted statement that will force Democrats to re-think their rabid pro-choice stance -- if they will allow themselves to go there.

As Saletan writes:

Abortion is "a sad, even tragic choice to many,
many women," said Clinton. Then she went further:
"There is no reason why government cannot do
more to educate and inform and provide assistance
so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution
either does not ever have to be exercised
or only in very rare circumstances."

Does not ever have to be exercised. I searched
Google and Nexis for parts of that sentence
tonight and got no hits. Is the press corps
asleep? Hillary Clinton just endorsed a goal
I've never heard a pro-choice leader endorse.
Not safe, legal, and rare. Safe, legal, and never.

Once you embrace that truth—that the ideal
number of abortions is zero—voters open
their ears.

(End quote from Saletan article)

I am against abortion as a matter of principle. But I also believe that change comes from within. We will never be able to successfully legislate abortion away as long as there are millions of people in America whose consciences are being bombarded into submission by the messages of the pro-abortion lobby. If Democrats start to embrace a pro-choice policy mantra of "Safe, Legal, and Never" it will change the nature of the debate in this country, and cause reflection that can lead to a change in conscience.


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