Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party’s front-runner, hits controversy during the latest episode of Meet the Press, after making a remark about abortion that dismayed not just the pro-life, but also the pro-choice, which Clinton is known to be in support of.
The issue circulates around Clinton’s statement when asked whether a fetus has constitutional rights, to which the aspiring next President of the U.S. replied, “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”
“Now that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support,” Clinton added.
Pro-choice activist have long been sensitive about using the terms “person” or “child” to describe the fetus, since using such terminologies imply that it is already “human,” which they firmly believe to not be the case. The group stands by the ideal that a fetus is a form of “life,” but is not yet a “person,” and therefore does not yet have legal rights and statuses. This also means that since it is not yet a “person,” it is not yet protected by the laws against homicide, according to MRC NewsBusters.
To be clear about the sensitive terminologies involved in the issue of abortion, the International Planned Parenthood Federation has created a guideline that discourages the use of abovementioned terms and instead encourages “more accurate/appropriate” alternatives such as “end a pregnancy” or “have an abortion,” something that Clinton failed to remember, thus dubbed being ignorant of her own agenda.
“‘Abort a child’ is medically inaccurate, as the fetus is not yet a child. “’Terminate’ a pregnancy is commonly used, however some people prefer to avoid this as terminate may have negative connotation for some people,” the guide reads, according to Washington Times.
After seemingly realizing her faulty statement and the irony of her use of “person” yet declaring that they do not have constitutional rights, Clinton elaborated her views in hopes to defend her statement.
“Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can, in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support,” Clinton added, according to Live Action News.
“Women have the Constitutional right to make these most intimate and personal and difficult decisions based on their conscience, their faith, their family, their doctor and that it is something that really goes to the core of privacy,” she further explains, according to Daily Mail.
Abortion has been one of the more common topics during the campaign period, thus, Clinton’s gaffe and the attention it is getting from citizens reached unexpected media coverage.