My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


What's Up With Hillary?

In the same day that we in Colorado are seeing an heightened awareness of the abortion debate, Hillary Clinton has taken an odd position:

In a speech to about 1,000 abortion rights supporters near the New York State Capitol, Mrs. Clinton firmly restated her support for the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. But then she quickly shifted gears, offering warm words to opponents of legalized abortion and praising the influence of "religious and moral values" on delaying teenage girls from becoming sexually active.

"There is an opportunity for people of good faith to find common ground in this debate - we should be able to agree that we want every child born in this country to be wanted, cherished and loved," Mrs. Clinton said.

Oh. Are these the values the Dems are trying to talk about? But she goes even further:

She called on abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion campaigners to form a broad alliance to support sexual education - including abstinence counseling - family planning, and morning-after emergency contraception for victims of sexual assault as ways to reduce unintended pregnancies.

"We can all recognize that abortion in many ways represents a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women," Mrs. Clinton told the annual conference of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State. "The fact is that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the first place."

This is just a little strange, given her clear stand on the issue throughout her public life. Maybe she's really kinda mellowing, trying to acknowledge the realities of abortion and modern life.


Maybe she's getting ready to run for President in 2008, and needs to use the language of values to attract a more centrist sort of voter. That seems much more likely to me.

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