Hillary Clinton’s decision to bash Donald Trump for his answer to a hypothetical question on abortion boomeranged back on her during a “Meet the Press” interview Sunday.
The presidential hopeful attacked Trump on Friday for saying “some” form of punishment should exist for women who obtained abortions in a world where Roe v. Wade were overturned and states outlawed the practice. NBC’s Chuck Todd used the issue to press Clinton on what rights an unborn baby has or should have.
“When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” Todd asked.
“Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Clinton responded. “Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can, in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support. It doesn’t mean that you don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations. But it does include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions. And I think that’s an important distinction, that under Roe v. Wade we’ve had enshrined under our Constitution.”
The Democrat front-runner told Henry Blodget, Business Insider’s CEO and editor-in-chief, on Friday that Trump’s acknowledgement that the rule of law would exist in a world where Roe v. Wade was overturned was tantamount to wanting to deny women rights. She also used his statement as an indictment of the Republican Party.
“What’s important here is that all the Republicans agree with him,” Clinton said. “They all want to see women’s rights eroded and for abortion to become illegal again. That’s why so many state Republican governors and legislators are defunding Planned Parenthood and shutting down clinics that not only provide a safe abortion, but HIV testing, cancer screenings, and so much else.”
The former secretary of state’s comments come almost one year after she said America’s “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Clinton made the remarks while speaking at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit, WND reported April 24, 2015.
“Look at what Hillary said [about abortion] as a moral and ethical statement,” reader Tim Bones of the conservative website Hotair said Sunday. “She dismisses the personhood of an infant in the womb until the baby is born alive. Anything goes until birth, sort of like Red China’s forced abortions one child policy. If she can ignore the little babies, she can be just as dismissive about your rights as a citizen if she wants to.”
“Apparently a clump of cells can become a ‘child’ before being born, but only if its mother magically makes it so by wanting it,” added reader Denise Weisbrodt.
The conservative website noted that Clinton’s comments may hinge on one’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Writer Jazz Shaw went on to say, “it obviously gets a bit fuzzy is where the amendment goes on to say that the state shall not deprive ‘any person’ of life, liberty or property.”