Hillary Rodham Clinton's intense opposition to abortion restrictions is coming into clearer focus thanks to a new effort by critics to detail the Democratic presidential candidate's lifelong advocacy for abortion, Planned Parenthood funding and federal judges supportive of Roe V. Wade.
Gary Bauer's American Values Action released a video highlighting Clinton's statements on the issue, which critics call extreme.
The video shows clips of Clinton pushing abortion with statements such as:
— "I would like to see Planned Parenthood even get more funding."
— "Deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed."
— "The unborn person doesn't have Constitutional rights."
— "The only people that I would ever appoint to the Supreme Court are people who believe that Roe V. Wade is settled law."
AVA Senior Fellow Charmaine Yoest, the former president of Americans United For Life, said that Clinton's positions are way out of step with the country and radically different than Republican Donald Trump.
"Make no mistake: when Hillary Clinton says religious beliefs have to be changed — she means mainstream American voter's deeply held religious beliefs, not hers," said Yoest. "On the issue of life and the kind of justices who will be appointed to the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are directly opposite. This will be a mobilizing issue as more religious voters are educated about her record of abortion extremism."
She also rapped the media for ignoring the issue and said in a statement that AVA hoped their video supplies some voter education.
"While the media is busy taking a joke Donald Trump made at a rally over a crying baby into national news, they are avoiding any reporting on Hillary Clinton's abortion extremism. Hillary Clinton's stance in favor of abortion rights is well known, but less well-known is just how extreme and unlimited her advocacy of abortion is. American Values Action is releasing a video today to make it easy to quickly educate on her record of promoting unfettered abortion – a position she has held over her entire lifetime."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org