The New York Times broke this story on July 15 and noted:
The proposal defines abortion as follows: any of the various procedures including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.The very next day, on July 16, two women senators who have consistently stood on the front lines of reproductive choice - Patty Murray (D-WA) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) - released a joint statement calling on DHHS Secretary Michael Leavitt to reconsider the new regulations, citing "this proposal's potential to affect millions of women's reproductive health."
Yet this sweeping and very real threat to women's access to safe and legal contraception has gotten scant national coverage. So what's a reproductive rights champion to do? Hillary Clinton has written a powerful commentary in yesterday's Huffington Post, "An Outrageous Attempt by the Bush Administration to Undermine Women's Rights."
Of course you know she'll get criticized for this. Especially by those who'll say this is her way of stealing the thunder from Obama's visit to Afghanistan and Iraq.
But once again, it's another example of how the Bush administration finds a way around legislation it doesn't like. So what was she supposed to do? Keep her mouth shut?
Say what you will about Clinton's presidential candidacy and the legacy of her husband Bill. But keep in mind that Clinton and Murray have consistently questioned the current administration and called them to task whenever women's reproductive rights are at risk. I, for one, am grateful for that.