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President Obama Reaches for President Clinton’s Help Again


The Today Show aired parts of a Savannah Guthrie interview with President Obama, taped before the Boston marathon attack. She asked: “Have you been watching the Gosnell trial? It’s the Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of gruesome crimes. Are you following it, and do you think it animates a larger debate about abortion in this country?”

He replied:

Well, I’m familiar with it. I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial. What I can say is this. I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe, legal and rare. If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted.

It’s too bad she didn’t push a bit, like Ed Henry did with Jay Carney at the White House on Monday, bringing in the president’s record in this area of arguing and voting against legal protection for children born alive after a botched abortion.

And an ever-old and ever-new point: I can’t be the only one who still is stuck on “safe.” For whom? Why do we tolerate this war between mother and child? We need to help both. 


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