Clinton Refers to Unborn as ‘Persons,’ But Says They Don’t Have ‘Constitutional Rights’

Clinton NBC-compressedIn an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the phrase “unborn person” when speaking about abortion, but asserted that the unborn do not have constitutional rights.

Clinton was interviewed by host Chuck Todd, who asked the candidate to provide her “straightforward position on the issue of abortion.”

“My position is in line with Roe v. Wade, that women have a constitutional right to make these moment intimate and personal and difficult decisions based on their conscience, their faith, their family, their doctor,” she replied. “And that it is something that really goes to the core of privacy. And I want to maintain that constitutional protection.”

“Under Roe v. Wade, as you know, there is room for reasonable kinds of restrictions after a certain point in time,” Clinton continued. “I think the life, the health of the mother are clear. And those should be included even as one moves on in pregnancy. So I have been—I’ve had the same position for many years.”

Todd then asked Clinton if unborn children have rights, and if so, to outline when. She replied by referring to the unborn as persons, but asserted that they don’t have rights under the U.S. Constitution.

“Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” she said.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support,” Clinton continued. “It doesn’t mean that, you know, don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations. But it does not include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions.”

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Following her comments, a Planned Parenthood representative took issue with Clinton referring to the unborn as human persons.

“@HillaryClinton further stigmatizes #abortion. She calls a fetus an ‘unborn child’ & calls for later term restrictions,” Tweeted Diana Arellano of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Others marveled at how both Clinton and Todd finally acknowledged the personhood of the child in the womb.

“Neither [Todd or Clinton] describes an unborn baby as a ‘bunch of cells,'” wrote Gary DeMar for “Hillary describes an unborn baby as an ‘unborn person.’ … Since the Constitution uses the word ‘persons,’ and Hillary acknowledges that an unborn baby is a person, therefore, unborn babies deserve the full protection of the law like any other person.”

“Unborn babies are persons deserving the full protection of the law, not because of the Constitution, but because God designates them as persons,” he said. “No authority resides in the Supreme Court to rule that an ‘unborn baby’ or an ‘unborn person’ can be killed because of a woman’s conscience, faith, family, or doctor.”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Rule of the law means not a thing when Christian morality is taken away. America needs to read the Holy Bible and Mayflower Compact; US Constitution is altogether meaningless apart from the self-evident truth of God, the Holy Bible. Secularism only lives for infanticide and decadence.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    43 years after Roe, it is nice to see that the Democratic Party is now no longer denying the personhood of little preborn humans. Why it took them about 100 years to let black people sit at the table with them!

    • gizmo23

      43 years and the pro life movement has done nothing to help women

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Except for the thousands of crisis pregnancy centers, hundreds of thousands of babies saved (half of which are future women) from barbaric killings, and an equal number of women saved from being physically, emotionally, and spiritually wounded by abortion. 🙂

        On the other side of the ledger, the pro-abortion movement has 60 million dead human beings to atone for. God will not be kind to you, Gizmo, nor to anyone who serves the devil of death and darkness. I suggest you change your ways and serve instead the God of Life and Light.

        “Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

        • gizmo23

          I suggest you stay out of my personal life

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            But, you keep bringing your personal life online, Gizmo – remember those screenshots from Live Action News where you gave us the most intimate details of your life?

          • gizmo23

            No I don’t

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Please don’t make me re-post those. I took them down after a day the last time I posted them out of compassion and pity for you.

          • gizmo23

            Post whatever you want.

  • John O

    doctors son in Fl got 14 years for murder of 6 week old fetus. God is not the author of confusion. Lucifer rules for 42 months. somebody tell me when the clock starts ticking for the countdown. Christians are in the sight of the enemy.

  • robertzaccour

    Women can vote, black people are free. When do the children get to have the right to live?

    • gizmo23

      When we decide children are important

  • Truthhurts24

    Hillary is satans witch

  • Warrior

    Mabe her parents should have had an abortion.