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Rights Talk, Hillary Clinton-Style

David Harsanyi notes a comment she recently made about abortion:

“Any right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it is no right at all,” Clinton recently lamented as she spoke about the persistence of the anti-abortion movement’s activism. Women won’t have a true right on this issue, she says, “as long as we have laws on the book like the Hyde Amendment, making it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights.”

The Hyde Amendment bars federal Medicaid funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother’s life. (States may use their Medicaid funding to pay for other abortions.) So following this logic, do low-income people need federal subsidies to buy guns in order to exercise their full rights?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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