Last night at Fox News’s town hall event, host Bret Baier asked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about her views regarding late-term abortion. Bret Baier asked her:
“Do you think a child should have any legal rights or protections before it’s born? Or do you think there should not be any restrictions on any abortions at any stage in a pregnancy?”
Here was her response:
“Well, again, let me put this in context, because it’s an important question. Right now, the Supreme Court is considering a decision that would shut down a lot of the options for women in Texas, and there have been other legislatures that have taken similar steps to try to restrict a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. Under Roe v. Wade, which is rooted in the Constitution, women have this right to make this highly personal decision with their family in accordance with their faith, with their doctor. It’s not much of a right if it is totally limited and constrained. [applause]
“I think we’ve got to continue…to stand up for a woman’s right to make these decisions and to defend Planned Parenthood [applause] which does an enormous amount of good work across our country.”
Bret Baier pressed her again about late-term abortion: “Just to be clear, no — without any exceptions?”
“No, I have been on record in favor of a late-pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother,” she responded.
Hillary Clinton said that Roe v. Wade was “rooted in the Constitution.” The basis for Roe v. Wade is the right to privacy, which the majority of Supreme Court justices in the Roe v. Wade decision found in the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
From this section of the amendment, justices argued that we have a right to privacy, and from that right, women have a right to an abortion, since it’s a “private” matter. How ironic that the amendment which guarantees that the State will not “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” was used to justify the taking of life and liberty from the most innocent and defenseless among us, and without due process.