Friday, January 28, 2005
What the meaning of "is" is: From the family that brought you that famous line comes a "clarification" of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's apparently conciliatory remarks on the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent remarks on abortion, in which she expressed support for parental notification laws, have provoked concern among some advocates of abortion rights, with one organization asking the senator to clarify her stance on such laws.
The advocates said Mrs. Clinton appeared to be going out of her way to appeal to opponents of abortion with her comments on parental notification, made at a news conference on Monday that followed a speech to about 1,000 supporters of abortion rights.
In response, two of Mrs. Clinton's aides qualified her support for parental notification laws, saying she preferred an approach like New York's, which does not require minors seeking abortions to tell their parents, but does provide them with information about their medical options. [emphasis added]
So, let me get this straight. Sen. Clinton supports parental notification laws as long as they don't require parents to be notified.
But it gets better. After pulling a "Slick Willy" (please define "alone") move, her aides move her into John "I voted for it before I voted against it" Kerry mode.
Two aides to Mrs. Clinton said yesterday that while she once supported Arkansas's parental notification law, she now preferred New York's approach. New York is one of more than a dozen states that do not have a parental notification requirement; instead, health care providers have to give information about medical options and risks to patients, including those seeking abortions.
Hillary moving to the center? Unlikely. However, it would be nice to get the junior senator from New York on the the record on this. Did she mean what she said when she said it, or not?