Clinton lambasts the 'cruelty toward women' in AZ anti-abortion law, says nothing of cruel deaths for unborn babies

 April 16, 2024

Failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been described by some of her critics as a cold-hearted and uncaring person when discussing people or ideas that she disagrees with, and that was seemingly on display during an interview on Monday.

Clinton, in reaction to the Arizona Supreme Court recently upholding an old strict anti-abortion law, lamented the law's "cruelty" toward women in limiting abortion rights but said nothing of the even crueler deaths for innocent unborn babies that are the result of abortions, according to Fox News.

The former Democratic nominee, Secretary of State, New York senator, and first lady also used the opportunity to encourage Americans with pro-abortion views to vote for politicians who would enact their preferred policies, even as she hypocritically lambasted others with whom she disagrees for "trying to impose your views on the rest of us."

Old anti-abortion law upheld by state's highest court

The Associated Press reported last week that the Arizona Supreme Court ruled to uphold an 1864 pre-statehood law that effectively outlawed and criminalized abortion with no exceptions for victims of incest or rape and only an allowance to save the life of a mother.

That strict anti-abortion law, which was sidelined in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, was resurrected in 2022 by a state district court judge at the urging of then-Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich after Roe was overturned, only to then be suspended once again by an appellate court at the urging of Brnovich's Democratic successor, current Arizona AG Kris Mayes.

Though the details of the law's enforcement going forward remain unclear, the text of the law strongly suggests that doctors who perform abortions could be criminally prosecuted for providing the outlawed procedures, especially after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and some abortion rights advocates have warned that even pregnant mothers who obtain abortion pills could similarly face prosecution.

Clinton lamented the law's "cruelty toward women"

On Monday, Clinton appeared on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," during which the singer-turned-daytime talk host expressed how "insane" the Arizona court's ruling was, to which Clinton agreed that it was "horrifying in every way."

"You know, I feared it would happen but I hoped it wouldn't happen. Now here we are in the middle of this very difficult period for women in about half the states in our country, who cannot get the care that they need," Clinton said of strict anti-abortion laws in numerous states."

"And the old law in Arizona is without exceptions, and the danger to women's lives as well as to our right to make our own decisions about our bodies and ourselves is so profound," she continued. "And there's another element to it which I find so troubling -- there's a kind of cruelty to it. I mean, you know, no exceptions for rape, incest. I mean, really?"

Clinton later added of the Arizona court's ruling on the strict anti-abortion law, "There's a cruelty toward women, toward women's lives," which led an emotional Clarkson to lament increased "voter apathy" and feeling "exhausted" by the issue, which in turn prompted Clinton to encourage people to make use of their "superpower" of voting for politicians who best represent their interests.

She later hypocritically suggested that people should want to "vote in a way that's going to make life better for the maximum number of people and not be trying to impose your views on the rest of us, so whatever you care about, voting is your superpower and it may not seem like it, but it really is."

Biden also decried the "cruel" and "extreme" anti-abortion law in Arizona

Clinton's use of "cruelty" to describe Arizona's old anti-abortion law appeared to echo the statement issued by President Joe Biden in reaction to the state Supreme Court's ruling.

"Millions of Arizonans will soon live under an even more extreme and dangerous abortion ban, which fails to protect women even when their health is at risk or in tragic cases of rape or incest," Biden said. "This cruel ban was first enacted in 1864 -- more than 150 years ago, before Arizona was even a state and well before women had secured the right to vote. This ruling is a result of the extreme agenda of Republican elected officials who are committed to ripping away women’s freedom."

"Vice President Harris and I stand with the vast majority of Americans who support a woman’s right to choose," he added. "We will continue to fight to protect reproductive rights and call on Congress to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade for women in every state."

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