LifeSite News 24 April 2015
Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn “reproductive rights,” “have to be changed.”
“Yes, we’ve cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.
Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary’s reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill’s op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.
“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”
The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.
She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.