Pro-Choicer says what died?

by Jay Johansen
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Hillary Clinton, one of the nation's leading pro-choice politicians, has a little story she's been using in her speeches to talk about problems with the American health care system. She tells the story of a young pregnant woman in Meigs county, Ohio, who went to a hosptial for treatment but was turned away because she had no insurance and not enough cash. A few days later she had a miscarriage and two weeks later died herself. Mrs Clinton concludes, “It hurts me that in our country, as rich and good of a country as we are, this young woman and her baby died because she couldn’t come up with $100 to see the doctor.”

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about whether this story is true. Apparently the hospital says that they did admit and treat the young woman, and in fact there was no issue of payment because she had perfectly good insurance.

Whether the part of the story about insurance and hospital admission is true or not, there is another part of Mrs Clinton's statement that is obviously and completely false. She clearly said "this young woman and her baby died". What baby? What is she talking about? Mrs Clinton said that the woman was pregnant and had a miscarriage. So clearly there was no "baby". There was just a "fetus". As a pro-choice politician, Mrs Clinton has fought hard against any attempt to call this thing in a woman's womb a "baby". To take just one example, she voted against a federal program that would have paid for pre-natal care for poor women because it defined the unborn as a "child" eligible to receive government benefits.

Funny, isn't it? When the evil health care system is responsible for a woman having a miscarriage, it is a "baby" that died. But when the friendly neighborhood abortionist deliberately kills this ... thing ... it is a "fetus". When she wants it, it's a baby. When she doesn't want it, somehow it magically becomes ... something else.

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Created Apr 5, 2008.

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