POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Speaking to a small crowd of about 100 people in Poughkeepsie, New York on Sunday, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, asserted that abortion is a core “human right.”
In being greeted with a standing ovation at the Civil Service Employee Union’s office, Clinton spoke on gun control, opponent Bernie Sanders and abortion.
“A woman’s right to chose is at the core of our human rights and what should be equity in our country,” she said, according to the Pougkeepsie Journal.
Clinton also remarked that the 2016 election is the “most important” of her lifetime.
As previously reported, Clinton told the publication Page Six in February that she walked away from the Baptist Church because of the issue of abortion.
“I was raised in a Methodist church and I left the Baptist church before my dad did, because I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was six in Sunday school,” she stated. “That’s a true story.”
“I recognized that there were many expressions of faith that I don’t agree with and feel [are] quite antithetical to how I read the Bible,” Clinton continued.
Her mother had told “The View” just days prior that she believes American law allows for abortion at any point until birth.
“At what point does someone have constitutional rights?” co-host Paula Farris asked. “Are you saying that a child on its due date, just hours before delivery, still has no constitutional rights?”
“Under our law, that is the case,” Clinton replied. “I support Roe v. Wade because I think it is an important statement about the importance of a woman making this most difficult decision with consultation by whom she chooses: her doctor, her faith, her family.”
During the last Democratic debate, Clinton also bemoaned the absence of questions on abortion.
“We’ve not had one question about a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproductive health care, not one question,” she said.
“And in the meantime we have states, governors doing everything they can to restrict women’s rights,” Clinton stated. “We have a presidential candidate by the name of Donald Trump saying that women should be punished and we are never asked about this.”
She likewise asserted that abortion is a women’s right’s issue, and that women should be autonomous.
“It goes to the heart of who we are as women, our rights, our autonomy, our ability to make our own decisions,” Clinton said, “and we need to be talking about that and defending Planned Parenthood from these outrageous attacks.”
“If a church member asks in 2016 if I can support Hillary Clinton, I can unequivocally respond, ‘Not in this lifetime,’” writes Bryan Ridenour in his blog “America, Look Up.” “If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb. If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies. God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.”