Last week, 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made some revealing comments at the Women in The World Summit in New York. Speaking about reproductive rights in the United States, Clinton argued that, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” Clinton claimed that “Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”
Everyone knows that when Mrs. Clinton and her confreres in anti-religion say reproductive health care, they mean abortion on demand. Abortion has a quasi-sacramental character in their ideological creed. Mrs. Clinton has again revealed her full commitment to this totalitarian ideology by making clear that she thinks all other religious and cultural beliefs must conform.
If Mrs. Clinton or another adherent to her zealous creed is elected president, it would give her the opportunity to appoint judges, create regulations, direct foreign policy, and issue executive orders in service to her campaign of conformity against non-conformist thought and belief. Remember the HHS contraception coverage mandate which occupied so much of the energy in the culture wars arena over the last three years? Regulation, not legislation. These are the sorts of tools that will be at the disposal of the next president of the United States. These are dangerous tools in the hands of an adherent to a totalitarian ideology.
It is worth noting that not only is Mrs. Clinton’s ideology totalitarian, it is wrongheaded. If we look at the actual real world concerns Mrs. Clinton purports to care about when she uses her worn out euphemism, the notion that religious beliefs are the obstacle to “access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth” is absurd on the face. According to study by the Gates Foundation, faith based organizations provide a third of all healthcare in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and up to a half in some rural areas. And I wonder how Mrs. Clinton feels about the religious faith of Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who revolutionized the treatment of obstetric fistula by founding the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. In a column in which he refers to Dr. Hamlin as a “21st-century Mother Theresa,” Nicholas Kristof says, “Liberals and conservatives joust over abortion policies, but the basic task of making childbirth safer never gets adequate attention or resources.”
Access to safe healthcare is an ideal we can all strive for together. Mrs. Clinton does no one any favors by denigrating the beliefs of others while ignoring the contributions so many people of so many faiths have made to advancing the health and wellbeing of women and all people around the world.
Here in New York we can start by making sure women are safe when they enter an abortion clinic in the state. We don’t believe abortion is healthcare, but we do believe women deserve to know that they will be safe. Mrs. Clinton should join our efforts to pass sensible clinic inspection regulations here in her home state. We would welcome her help in advocating for women’s safety!