Hillary Clinton is a staunch pro-choice advocate, and she has fought for women to have more access to abortions. This is not news. Arguments on both sides of the abortion debate have remained the same: pro-life advocates want to protect infants in the womb, and pro-choice advocates like Hillary want the right for women to terminate pregnancies any time for any reason.
Speaking at the 2015 Women in the World Summit regarding “reproduction rights,” Clinton said, “Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper.” And, “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.”
So, Hillary’s strategy to promote abortion rights is to change “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases.” Religious beliefs? Hillary is advocating changing Americans’ religious beliefs? Yep! Wow!
Hillary has linked the abortion debate with the religious freedom debate. How does she feel about religious freedom? Evidently, she believes the government should be in the business of changing Americans’ religious beliefs if they don’t conform to progressive ideology.
Following are some more statements Hillary has made regarding “reproductive rights.”
“I would like to see Planned Parenthood even get more funding.”
“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.”
Surely Hillary “short circuited” when she said, “The unborn person doesn’t have Constitutional rights.” Person? Hillary believes a fetus is a person? And, women can choose to allow someone to cut up this person in utero and sell the parts? And, further, Hillary wants to change Americans’ religious beliefs to agree with her?
Elsewhere on planet earth, July 6 Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism bill into law that included an amendment restricting religious freedom. Irina Yarovaya is the Russian politician who wrote the law.
The International Religious Freedom Roundtable wrote a letter to Putin July 11 in part stating:
“We are particularly concerned about the amendments that introduce an entire new section to the Religion Law, imposing strict limits on sharing beliefs, including where and who may share them, and increase extremism punishments. … the Yarovaya Law poses threats to the fundamental human rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by Russia’s Constitution and its international human rights obligations.”
Russia has a constitution that guarantees “fundamental human rights and freedoms.” Yet, they have just passed a law that punishes people for sharing religious beliefs. Can they do that? I mean, what if someone in America…say, some powerful politician…said she would punish people for sharing religious beliefs that were contrary to her political ideology?
That could never happen in America. I mean, that’s as silly as the government forcing people to violate their sincerely and deeply held religious beliefs even if those beliefs are backed by millennia of orthodoxy and orthopraxy, and pose no danger to anyone else.
I’m a little bothered when anybody tries to force someone to do something against his or her will. Many words describe that kind of force.
Remember Hillary’s own scripted, premeditated words: “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” If she is elected president she will do whatever she can to change Americans’ religious beliefs to align with her progressive ideology. Her words.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Miss. He can be reached at [email protected]