Apr 22, 2009
In response to a series of questions put forth by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), at a hearing on Capitol Hill today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that the Obama Administration believes that “reproductive health includes access to abortion” and that the new Administration wants to export abortion policy around globe with U.S. taxpayers footing the bill.
Smith a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee criticized Clinton for recently accepting the “Margaret Sanger Award” from Planned Parenthood in light of Sanger’s well known advocacy for eugenics and Sanger’s outrageous writings in which she said “the most merciful thing a family does for one of its infant members is to kill it” and on another occasion, “eugenics is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”
“In receiving Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s award in Houston on March 27th, you said that you were in “awe” of Margaret Sanger,” Smith reminded Clinton. “You said that Sanger’s ‘life and leadership’ was ‘one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race’ and that Sanger’s work both here and abroad was ‘not done’.
“As part of ‘Sanger’s work’ that remains undone,” Smith probed, “is the Obama Administration seeking to weaken or overturn pro-life laws and policies in African and Latin America countries either directly or through multilateral organizations including and especially the UN, African Union, or the OAS, or by way of funding NGOs like Planned Parenthood?”
Smith continued, “And so we have total transparency, does the United States’ definition of the term 1) “reproductive health” or 2) “reproductive services” or 3) “reproductive rights” include abortion?”
Clinton responded that she planned to press ahead with the Administration’s pro-abortion agenda.
“It is my strongly held view that you are entitled to advocate and everyone who agrees with you should be free to do so anywhere in the world, and so are we,” Clinton said.
“Reproductive health includes access to abortion,” the Secretary said. “We are now an Administration that will protect the rights of women, including their rights to reproductive health care,” which she just defined as abortion
Smith said Clinton’s testimony today shows the Obama Administration is plotting to conduct a foreign policy that spreads abortion all over the world at U.S. taxpayers’ expense.
“It is evident that Mrs. Clinton and President Obama want to force the tragedy of abortion upon women around the world especially and including in countries where democratically elected leaders want to continue to protect their unborn children,” Smith said.
“There are other ways in which both mother and baby are protected, cared for and helped— with food, nutrition, clean water and life-affirming healthcare,” he said. “Secretary Clinton’s inability to see this will mean more babies will die and more women will suffer the consequence of abortion as a result of U.S. foreign policy overseas.”