Don't Ask Hillary Clinton About Abortion If You Can't Handle Her Answer

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I can just imagine this guy's thought process. He's thinking, "Oh, I'm going to use abortion to put her on the spot!" With what comes next, I almost feel sorry for him.

Almost.

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Rep. Christopher Smith: My question, is the Obama Administration seeking in any way, to weaken or overturn pro-life laws and policies in African and Latin American countries either directly, or through multi-lateral organizations, including and especially the United Nations, African Union, or the OAS, or by way of funding NGO's like Planned Parenthood?

Secondly, and so we can have total transparency, you know, as a former law maker, we always have definition pages when we write legislation. Definitions do matter. Does the United State definition of the term "reproductive health", or "reproductive services"', or "reproductive rights" include abortion? I yield to the distinguished gentleman.

Sec. Hillary Clinton: Congressman, I deeply respect your passionate concern and views which you have championed and advocated for over the course of your public career. We obviously have a profound disagreement.

When I think about the suffering that I have seen of women around the world, I've been in hospitals in Brazil where half the women were enthusiastically and joyfully greeting new babies and the other half were fighting for their lives against botched abortions. I've been in African countries where 12 and 13 year old girls are bearing children. I have been in Asian countries where the denial of family planning consigns women to lives of oppression and hardship. So we have a very fundamental disagreement and 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.

We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women's health and reproductive health includes access to abortion, that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare. I've spent a lot of my time trying to bring down the rate of abortions and it has been my experience that good family planning and good medical care brings down the rate of abortion. Keeping women and men in ignorance and denied the access to services actually increases the rate of abortion. During my time as First Lady I helped to create the campaign against teenage pregnancy. And while we were working to provide good information, access to contraception, and decision making that would enable young women to protect themselves and say "No", the rate of teen pregnancy went down. I'm sad to report that after an administration of eight years that undid so much of the good work, the rate of teenage pregnancy is going up. So we disagree and we are now an administration that will protect the rights of women including their rights to reproductive health care.

Man 1: [inaudible]

Man 2: The time of the gentleman is expired.

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