Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton: ‘Every Life Matters’

Melanie Arter | April 29, 2015 | 2:10pm EDT
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

( - “Every life matters,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a speech at Columbia University on Wednesday about the criminal justice system that touched on recent cases of black men who died at the hands of police.

“Now even in the most painful times like those we are seeing in Baltimore, when parents fear for their children, when smoke fills the skies above our cities, when police officers are assaulted, even then, especially then, let’s remember the aspirations and values that unite us all, that every person should have the opportunity to succeed, that no one is disposable, that every life matters,” said Clinton, who is pro-abortion.

In her first speech as a presidential candidate, Clinton told the audience at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit last week that “religious beliefs” must be changed for the sake of abortion, according to the Daily Caller.

“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said at the time.

“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she added. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

In her speech at Columbia on Wednesday, Clinton said, “We need to start understanding how important it is to care for every single child as though that child were our own.”

She noted “a growing bipartisan movement for common sense reforms in our criminal justice system” spurred on by the likes of senators “as disparate on the political spectrum as Cory Booker and Rand Paul and Dick Durbin and Mike Lee” who have reached “across the aisle to find ways to work together.”

“It is rare to see Democrats and Republicans agree on anything today, but we’re beginning to agree on this. We need to restore balance to our criminal justice system,” Clinton said.

She praised President Barack Obama’s task force on policing and called for every police department nationwide to use “body cameras to record interactions between officers on patrol and suspects.”

“That will improve transparency and accountability. It will help protect good people on both sides of the lens,” Clinton said. She warned, however, that “for every tragedy caught on tape, there surely have been many more that remained invisible. Not every problem can be or will be prevented by cameras, but this is a commonsense step we should take.”

“The president has provided the idea of matching funds to state and local governments investing in body cameras. We should go even further and make this the norm everywhere,” she said.

Clinton concluded her speech by asking the audience to pray for Freddy Gray’s family and other men who lost their lives “unnecessarily.”

“Please join me in saying a prayer for the families of Freddy Gray and all the men whose names we know and those we don’t, who have lost their lives unnecessarily and tragically, and in particular today, include in that prayer the people of Baltimore and our beloved country,” she said.

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