Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

WikiLeaks: Clinton Wanted to Avoid Planned Parenthood After Undercover Videos


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

It would be difficult to find a more vocal political supporter of Planned Parenthood these last few months than Hillary Clinton. Of course, if a group was spending $30 million in support of your candidacy, you would probably be a big supporter too.

However, newly released emails from WikiLeaks show even Clinton at one time had her doubts about the wisdom of allying herself with the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Back in July 2015, just after the first undercover video was released showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the buying and selling of aborted babies’ body parts, emails show that Clinton was not eager to jump to the abortion giant’s defense. Breitbart reports:

In the email thread that begins July 15, 2015, released by WikiLeaks, Schwerin informs the staff he is sending a first draft of Clinton’s speech to the IDP dinner, asking for their feedback on the speech. He notes, however, specifically about Planned Parenthood:

Given the growing controversy over the leaked Planned Parenthood video, with Boehner calling for hearings and other GOPers piling on, we should think about whether this is a good time to join the battle and come to Planned Parenthood’s defense, or whether it’s wiser to stay away. For now, its [sic] in here.

Two days later, however, Schwerin wrote to the campaign staff, “HRC felt strongly about not touching Planned Parenthood right now. Jen [likely Palmieri] talked to her about it so perhaps could elaborate.”

Clinton’s speech at the July 17 Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, likely the speech referred to here, did not ultimately include any reference to Planned Parenthood.

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And although Clinton did eventually rise to Planned Parenthood’s defense a week later during a campaign stop in South Carolina, an email from campaign chairman John Podesta to Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards suggested she still may have been hesitant to do so:

If Hillary Clinton “took a little convincing” to reaffirm her support for Planned Parenthood, they must have been in pretty deep trouble — making it all the more outrageous they still haven’t faced any charges over the body parts scandal.

Paul Dupont is the managing editor for

Paul Dupont

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