Monday, February 25, 2008

Bill Clinton v. abortion protesters

Nice piece from Jill Filipovic of Feministe (, catching a quote from Bill Clinton taking on pro-life hecklers at one of his wife's rallys.

Now, I haven't been shy in voicing my disappointment and disdain for Mr. Clinton's hatchet-man role in his wife's increasingly desperate campaign. Watching the Clinton machine try to grind Barack Obama up has reminded everyone of why the nation had "Clinton fatigue" in 1999. But, after reading this quote of Mr. Clinton's response to the abortion protester, I'm reminded how powerful and eloquent a speaker Mr. Clinton can be. And the message that he's saying - that pro-lifers aren't being honest with their argument, and that the practical effect of their position is supported by the tiniest fringe of American politics - is something that is lost in our short attention span culture.


Clinton to Hecklers: "We disagree with you. You want to criminalize women and their doctors and we disagree. I reduced abortion. Tell the truth! Tell the truth! If you were really pro-life, if you were really pro-life, you would want to put every doctor and every mother, as an accessory to murder, in prison, and you won't say you wanna do that, because you know that you wouldn't have a lick of political support. Now, the issue is, you can't name me anybody presently in politics that did more to introduce policies that reduce the number of real abortions, instead of the hot air putting out to tear people up and make votes by dividing America. This is not your rally."

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