Last month, when questioned about his own pro-life position, presidential contender Senator Rand Paul challenged reporters to ask Democratic Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz whether she believed it should be legal to abort “a seven pound baby” in the womb. (She said yes). He later stated that all Democrats should be challenged to justify their extremism on this issue, given that the vast majority of the American people oppose late-term abortions and support laws to restrict them. “Hillary Clinton should have to answer this question,” Paul later wrote.
Well, she did. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, when babies in the womb can feel pain. Mrs. Clinton responded by making clear her position is the most extreme possible — abortion on-demand for any purpose, at any point in a pregnancy, up to the moment of birth:
RT this if you agree with Hillary. pic.twitter.com/gkDPlN0txM
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 13, 2015
Her campaign issued a statement blasting the House for passing the bill, saying it is part of a “dangerous” trend to “restrict access to abortion.”
At a time when the pro-life movement is seeking out the common ground to impose some humane restrictions on abortion to protect the lives pain-capable unborn babies and their mothers, Hillary Clinton has tied herself ever more tightly to the most extreme fringe of the pro-abortion movement. Let’s see if the Republican candidates can hold her accountable.
Frank Cannon is the president of American Principles in Action.