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When 'Contraception' is Mislabeled 'Abortion' - Clinton Speaks Out

By July 22, 2008

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You may think that the birth control pill, the morning after pill, and IUDs are all forms of contraception. But if the Department of Health and Human Services has its way, a proposal which includes a new and very broad definition of 'abortion' would allow healthcare providers to label these methods of contraception as 'abortion' and refuse to make them available to women in need.

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.

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July 22, 2008 at 11:59 am
(1) jodi says:

Women represent the majority of voters but have yet to stand up for themselves. The primary season was pretty clear on that sense women did not back Hillary in the way blacks were smart enough to back Obama. Perhaps the younger generation of women will get the facts straight if Bush wins this one………the more informed older women did back Hillary, too bad the younger ones were so niave.

Voting McCain 2008 and Hillary 2012

July 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm
(2) Whiteknyght says:

So… you would seek to elect someone who would not only back Bush’s views, but advance them and in hopes that a tide could be overturned four years later?

Are you sure there will be anything left to vote for?

July 23, 2008 at 8:47 am
(3) M.LL says:

Just when you think “We’ve come a long way” then this topic comes up again. American land of the free, with its 1000 of laws. Come on women, when are you going to get it?? We Can NOT let Government dictate our CHOICES.
Jodi, well said. These young’uns take everything for granted. Wait til they start losing all the things gained from their sisters in the 60,70 & 80′s. N.O.W., get the E.R.A. back on track so these young women will understand what they will lose.

July 23, 2008 at 6:52 pm
(4) M.LL says:

Before you know it, this government of ours will tell us how many children we can have, what we can and cannot do with our bodies even being pregnant, what we wear, etc. You think not, don’t bet on it.
The Religious Right(are scary) should just go to church and leave the CHOICES to each individual.
God, they can be so judgemental and it is just none of their business. Then they get fanatical, yes, fanatical, hysterical, out of control, etc. Oh and here come those Bible quotes to add to their fanaticism.
I hope the legislators work hard so that women are not again subjected to “hangers” and back room deaths. Or better yet, lets just give all those born to all those fanatics

July 24, 2008 at 11:24 am
(5) Trisha says:

This is ridiculous and what’s even more ridiculous is someone that says we should have voted for Clinton and women should stand up for their rights is going to back McCain? That makes no sense, if he gets elected what do you think is gonna happen to women’s rights? We will see them go down the drain because he will support this insane proposal Bush is trying to push through. You can insult Obama all you want to but he will stand up for women’s rights way before McCain will. Hilary herself supports Obama and NOT McCain so how does this make any sense to you?

July 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm
(6) carol says:

I can agree the morning after pill may be a form of abortion, but I thought birth control pills stopped an egg from actually being released from the ovary. How could this be interpreted as killing of life when there wasn’t even one in the first place?

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