William Jefferson Clinton Memorial Library
We'd like to welcome you to the
Clinton Library -- dedicated to preserving the true
legacy of the 42nd President of the United States.
promised as President that he would make abortions "safe, legal and rare." As
you explore the pages of this website, you can decide for yourself whether he
lived up to that promise.
Abortion has resulted in the
of over 52,000,000 Americans
- all helpless children.
think there are too many abortions in America. I think there should be much
more adoption in America. But I do not believe that it is self evident from the
Bible that all abortions are murder. (President Bill
Clinton, ABC Interview by Peggy Wehmeyer, "American Agenda", March 22,
Bill Clinton openly defended his "Final Solution" to
crisis pregnancy, repeatedly vetoing a
partial-birth abortion ban, thereby allowing this brutal
procedure to continue with no restrictions.
Partial-Birth Abortion is an Affront
to Everything this Nation
There is no way that Bill Clinton can
whitewash the truth that
abortion stops a beating
- Democrats led by Bill Clinton supported The Freedom of
Choice Act, guaranteeing abortion rights to women, regardless of the
Supreme Court's possible reconsideration of Roe vs. Wade, and overriding
existing state regulations and provisions. The Freedom of Choice Act
would take abortion out of the hands of the Supreme Court, the state
legislatures that have traditionally regulated it, or any other agency that
would regulate or restrict it.
The Clinton administration vigorously
supported this legislation but wasn't able to get it through Congress. But
those in power have not given up. Clinton's culture of
death is still working to get this bill passed.
Boxer (D-Ca.) introduced it again on April 6, 2006.
- The bill promoted by Democrats and which Clinton
supported, permitted no limits on the killing of unborn babies.
None! If passed, it
will remove all restrictions on abortion in all fifty sates, during all nine
months of pregnancy, for any or no reason at all. Terminating a little life because she is a girl instead of a
boy would be entirely legal in all 50 states.
- Existing laws permitted by the Supreme Court in the Casey
decision (1992) allowing waiting periods designed to ensure
parental notification before abortions are performed on
underage girls would be nullified.
- A fully viable infant could be fair game even in the
eighth or ninth month of pregnancy. Abortions would be legal in any
circumstance if "the health of the mother" warranted. Since "health" was not
defined, it is reasonable to assume the provision includes "psychological
health" as a justification. Thus, a baby could be killed
up to the moment of birth for any reason - or for no reason at all.
"The first thing the Democratic leaders
don't want you to hear is that, on this single issue [abortion], they have
become a lock-step, litmus-test, gag-rule party. They have been intolerant
of those who hold the pro-life view, who have carried the Democratic banner
into battle and supported the party and its candidates for generations. The new
intolerance will not abide doubt or dissent -- it claims it stands for
freedom of choice, but it stifles freedom of speech. And so a movement that
began by saying 'let every person decide' has ended up by silencing anyone who
--Former Pennsylvania Democrat Gov. Robert Casey, THE
WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/23/96
President Clinton clamped down on abortion protesters,
with Bill Clinton signing legislation that makes blocking a clinic a federal
offense. The Freedom of Access to Abortion Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)
passed in late 1993. "The scope of FACE is so broad that it makes no
distinction between violent and non-violent protesters, and, simply because
they are pro-life, subjects them to the same harsh penalties," stated Elizabeth
Law, director of government relations for the Family Research Council.
The law limits First Amendment rights based on political
beliefs. Praying, sidewalk counseling, picketing-- any activity
construed as blocking clinic sidewalks or driveways-- is strictly prohibited
for anyone with a pro-life viewpoint. In theory, this legislation prevents acts
of violence at abortion clinics, but in actuality, it hinders free speech
rights for a single group of people -- pro-lifers.
In April, 1998, a
U.S. District Court held Operation Rescue and the Pro-Life Action League liable
for damaging the ability of abortion clinics to conduct business over the past
15 years. The ruling in NOW v. Scheidler, awarded $255,000 in damages to
abortion clinics in Delaware and Wisconsin and effectively punishes pro-life
organizations for persuading women not to have abortions. It also classifies
some pro-life speech as organized crime. (Washington Watch, May
White House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers said on April 1, 1993,
the Administration regards abortion as "part of the
overall approach to population
control." The Clinton Administration submitted to Congress a
proposed bill to completely rewrite the Foreign Assistance Act, which is the
complicated law that governs the U.S. foreign aid program. The Clinton proposal
would repeal the Helms Amendment which prohibits the use of U.S. foreign aid
funds to pay for abortion.
- Clinton reversed the 1984 "Mexico City Policy" which required
that U.S. assistance for overseas birth control programs be provided only to
organizations that did not "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of
family planning." According to the Boston Globe (Jan. 20, 1993), Bill Clinton
complained that the anti-abortion "Mexico City policy" established by President
Reagan "had severely limited international family planning and population
control." Douglas Johnson, NRLC legislative director, said, "Clinton's actions
means that U.S. tax dollars will be used to pressure African and other Third
World governments to accept abortion as a method of birth control, although
abortion violates the legal, cultural, and religious values of most
less-developed nations." The Los Angeles Times (Jan. 24, 1993) quotes Mr.
Clinton as saying, "Many believe that [rescinding the 'Mexico City policy'] is
one of the most important environmental steps we
can take." Mr. Clinton's moral confusion is chilling: the unborn must be
sacrificed on the altar of environmentalism.
The Mexico City Policy has
since been restored by President George W. Bush.
- The Clinton Administration resumed funding of the United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The UNFPA is extensively involved in the
population-control program of the People's Republic of China, which relies
heavily upon coercive methods, including compulsory abortion and sterilization.
The Henan Legal News, an official publication of the Chinese government,
verified that two hospital officials caught helping women escape forcible
sterilization were sentenced to death. In January 1994, the Chinese government
also officially announced its plan to reduce, through abortion, the number of
disabled and diseased children in China. Under the new laws, people with
reproductive, hereditary or acute infectious diseases or with severe mental
illness will be prohibited from marrying and having children. Doctors are
required to recommend abortion if the pregnancy is "liable to result in the
birth of a seriously sick or disabled baby."
- Vice President Al Gore led a U.S. delegation to the
population conference in Cairo Egypt, a delegation that included Congreswomen
Pat Schroeder and Jane Fonda as well as private advisers such as feminist
leader Bella Abzug. Pro-lifers were not welcomed. Some were actually harassed.
Vice President Gore insisted over and over that the term "reproductive health"
in the Cairo population document did not imply abortion. But he must know
that's exactly what it means in U.S. law.
- Clinton ended the gag rule that restricted abortion
counseling in federally funded clinics. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Donna Shalala suspended the 1988 Reagan regulations on Title X. In revoking
this regulation, Clinton directed that 4,000 federally funded family planning
clinics counsel all pregnant women and minors regarding abortion as a
"pregnancy management option," that is, as a method of birth control.
- The tax-funded federal program known as Title X was
created back in 1970 by Congress in order to fund "family planning" services
for poor women. When this program was first drafted, the original language
clearly stated "none of the funds appropriated under this Title shall be used
in programs where abortion is a method of family planning." By the 1980's most
Title X funds were being dispersed to clinics that either referred women for
abortions or actually performed abortions on the premises. This misuse of funds
continued until 1988, when the Reagan Administration issued regulations that
barred Title X grants to clinics that promoted, referred, or performed
- Since Bill Clinton was in office, funding for Title X
program has nearly doubled from $150 million a year to $288 million in 2005,
with possibly as much as a third of it going to fund abortion-related services.
Who can forget Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed legislative
proposal for a government-controlled health care system that would have
mandated coverage of abortion on demand as a plan "benefit." Under the failed
Clinton Health Care proposal, every American would have been required to buy a
federally defined "benefits package" that includes abortion on demand, paid for
with payroll deductions for government-mandated "premiums." The government
would pay the premiums for poor people, thereby nullifying the Hyde amendment
and all state laws that currently restrict tax-funded abortion.
Clinton's Health Care Plan perverted the very purpose of medicine:
institutionalized killing in the form of abortion on demand and its logical
counterpart, euthanasia through denial of treatment and care. Bill Clinton
stated in a September 21, 1993 interview on MTV that the coverage of pregnancy
related services "will guarantee that most plans will cover abortions." The
Clinton's want all taxpayers to subsidize abortion on demand and for our
insurance premiums to pay for abortions.
It is astounding that the
president of a civilized nation should propose a plan under which life
destroying abortion would be subsidized and routinely available as a "medical
service" while life-saving, life-extending, and life-improving care would have
to be withheld to meet the limits imposed by capping premiums well below the
rate of health care cost inflation, leaving us at the mercy of some
administrator's notion of what is "cost effective" care to preserve an
acceptable "quality of life."
What the Clinton's were unable to accomplish, Barack Obama
resurrected. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, informally
referred to as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on
March 23, 2010. Section 1303 would require enrollees in the health care
exchanges to pay a separate monthly surcharge for abortion coverage. Because of
a useless executive order, which was supposed to forbid tax dollars from paying
for abortions, that swayed self-professed pro-life Members of Congress to vote
for the monstrosity, the bill passed. Now final rules from HHS could not be
clearer: taxpayers, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice, will certainly be
paying for abortions. In rules that go into effect in 2014, the Department of
Health and Human Services has finalized the policies governing state health
care exchanges under President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act, and with it the rules governing abortion coverage under the new law,
including a $1 surcharge for abortion coverage.
There is a new legal theory spreading among abortion enthusiasts
abortion as self-defense. This theory, reported in the Chronicle
of Higher Education, acknowledges the humanity of the unborn child but sees the
prenatal life as an intruder to be eliminated. In her new book, Breaking
Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent, Eileen McDonagh uses this chilling
argument: "Even in a medically normal pregnancy, the fetus massively intrudes
on a woman's body and expropriates her liberty. If the woman does not consent
to this transformation and use of her body, the fetus's imposition constitutes
injuries sufficient to justify the use of deadly force to stop it." She is
advocating a coldly, calculated form of "justifiable homicide."
Clinton supported the abortifacient, RU 486, to permit
self-administered abortions. Authorization to legalize this drug was signed on
the third day after his inauguration.
RU-486 is not the carefree solution it's made out to be. "After
a woman has a pregnancy test and has her fetus dated, she must undergo a pelvic
exam, blood test, and an ultra-sound exam using an intra-vaginal probe. After a
one-week waiting period, she takes three RU-486 tablets registered under her
name and leaves the clinic; 36-48 hours later, she returns for an injection of
a synthetic prostaglandin and stays in the clinic for about four hours for
monitoring. The woman returns to the clinic seven days later to ensure that the
abortion is complete and to have her bleeding monitored; if the pill has
failed, a surgical abortion is performed."
Social spending advocates expect government to substitute for
mothers and fathers. Social spending by the federal government for children and
families has increased dramatically since 1960, yet, almost all indicators
suggest that child wellbeing today lags behind what it was three decades ago.
Clinton's "Bridge to the future" means more money and less results.
Fetal Tissue Research
Although hardly mentioned in either the secular or Christian
media, on June 10, 1993, President Clinton signed into law the National
Institutes of Health Revitalization Act of 1993. Part Two of this
legislation authorized for the first time in U.S. history,
government funded research using tissue from aborted
fetuses. With this stroke of a pen, it became legal to cannibalize and
commercialize the tiny bodies of murdered babies.
- Supporters of the Bill call it "pro-life" because the
research being conducted on fetal tissue from abortions might benefit patients
suffering from debilitating conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson's
disease. "To call this a pro-life bill sounds like the
'New Speak' of Nazi Germany," said Ralph Reed, executive director of
Christian Coalition. "This legislation would have
benefitted only one group - the half-billion dollar a year abortion
industry." There is something deeply troubling about cannibalizing
tiny bodes of living babies - even for humanitarian purposes. More unsettling
is the method by which their tissue is taken from them. That process is not
widely understood because the fetal researchers apparently don't want the
public to know what they are doing.
- An article published in the New England Journal of
Medicine (Nov. 26, 1992) extolling the benefits of fetal tissue research
doesn't tell us that to harvest the brain tissue the baby must be alive. One
method of extraction is a "partial birth abortion," to drill open the baby's
skull while it is still in the birth canal and suction out of the live baby the
brain tissue and placing it immediately on ice to preserve its viability. If
kidneys or other organs are desired, they are removed while the child is still
partialy in the vagina. If puppies or kittens were subjected to such cruel
treatment, the protest of the animal rights people would be heard around the
- A government advisory panel recommended that the government
begin paying scientists to create and do research on human embryos outside the
womb - most of which are illegal in several states and other industrialized
nations. Under the guidelines proposed by the Human Embryo Research Panel of
the National Institutes of Health, federal money could be used, for the first
time, to conduct experiments on embryos growing in glass dishes for up to 14
days after fertilization. The panel said that very young embryos "do not have
the same moral status as infants and children." Also recommended for funding
- Using donated eggs and sperm for the special creation of
"research embryos" -- living human embryos whose only purpose in life will be
to undergo harmful experiments and then be destroyed.
- Use of "parthenogenesis" (doubling the genetic complement
of an egg without fertilization by sperm) to create new embryonic beings that
can be grown in the laboratory and then dissected to provide "embryonic stem
- Experiments to manipulate the embryo in the laboratory
beyond the "primitive streak" stage, up to "the closure of the neural tube."
This could carry destructive experiments into the fourth week of embryonic
development, when the developing human has a beating heart and an early nervous
- Harvesting eggs from the ovaries of aborted fetuses to
make "research embryos" and "parthenotes" to be experimented on and discarded.
- Use of a "cloning" procedure known as "artifical
twinning" or "blastomere splitting" to create several genetically identical
embryos from one, so long as the resulting embryos are experimented on and
discarded instead of being transferred to the womb.
- HEK 293 cells were generated in the early 70s from
cultures of normal human embryonic kidney cells obtained from a single
apparently healthy fetus legally aborted under Dutch law. In a August 2010 $30
million deal with biotech firm Senomyx Inc., PepsiCo has been using cells from
an aborted fetus in taste testing experiments to produce flavor enhancers for
Pepsi beverages. On the company website, Senomyx describes research to find new
ways to improve food flavors by taking advantage of the mouth's taste
receptors. Senomyx has similar partnerships with other major food corporations,
including Campbell's Soup, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé. Bradley Mattes,
executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, While aborted fetal
cells arent actually in the product itself, the close relationship is
enough to repulse most consumers. To our knowledge, this is the first time a
food product has been publicly associated with abortion.
vaccines (10 of these are used in the US) contain components that are produced
using aborted fetal cell lines, 3 FDA approved recombinant drugs with up to 85
coming soon, and specialty cosmetic anti-aging creams are also produced using
aborted fetal cell lines or aborted fetal cell proteins.
In a related
issue, customs officials in South Korea discover an underground drug trade
involving powdered, dead babies. Numerous sources confirm that thousands of
capsules containing dead baby remains in powdered form were confiscated in
recent months in South Korea after travelers tried to smuggle these supposedly
"cure-all" drugs in from China.
Once you start taking the lives of the unborn, the next class of
people to lose their rights would be the elderly and the infirm. The same court
system that established a constitutional right for a women to kill her unborn
child is now saying there is a constitutional right for a doctor to assist in
killing a patient. Two federal courts have recently ruled in favor of a
constitutional "right" to doctor assisted suicide.
This order is the
official revival of the eugenics movement which has not been officially
sanctioned by a Western government since the Nuremburg war crimes trials. Fetal
experimentation combined with genetic engineering is going to lead us right
into the eugenics movement, the search and destroy mission for imperfect
babies, unwanted human beings.
Under our American system of government, federal judges are
appointed for life by the President of the United States.
Federal Judges have accumulated such power in recent decades
that today the President who appoints a federal judge is extending control over
virtually every detail of our lives - public and private. Judges sitting on the
district courts, the appellate courts, and the Supreme Court often pass
judgment to establish policy in areas that our Founding Fathers never
envisioned. It has become quite common for the courts to attempt to legislate
their own social plans from the bench, overriding democratically elected
legislatures and creating "constitutional rights" which did not formerly exist.
Federal juges are now dictating parental rights, sexual rights, Christian
freedoms, and more. In many cases these judges have cast off traditional
morality and set aside 200 years of the public exercise of Christian principles
to re-cast our society in a humanistic, anti-Christian, anti-virtue mold.
Clinton's litmus test for the selection of Federal
Judges, especially for the Supreme Court, was that they be pro-abortion.
Clinton nominated the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme
Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Judge Ginsburg has a well-established
record as an advocate of abortion on
demand, dating back to 1971 when she co-founded the Women's Rights
Project at the ACLU. Ginsburg was the general counsel for the ungodly,
anti-Christian ACLU organization for over seven years. During those years, the
ACLU fought to take Jesus and the Ten Commandments out of the classroom while
New Age paganism and witchcraft flourished in the classroom.
- Judge Ginsburg equates denial of
abortion with sex discrimination, and would not base abortion "rights"
on a "right to privacy" as the Supreme court did in Roe v. Wade. Under her view
of equal protection every abortion law would be invalidated on the theory of
- Based on a report she co-authored ("Sex Bias in the U.S.
Code," Report for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, April 1977) and on her
previous decisions, these are some of the positions she has expressed:
- The traditional family concept of the husband as a
breadwinner and wife as a homemaker must be eliminated.
- The federal government must provide comprehensive child
- The Homestead Law must give twice as much benefit to
couples who live apart from each other as to a husband and wife who live
- In the military, women must be drafted when men are
drafted, and women must be assigned to combat duty.
- Affirmative action must be applied to equalize the number
of men and women in the armed forces.
- The age of consent for sexual acts must be lowered to 12
years of age.
- Prostitution must be legalized. She wrote, "Prostitution
as a consensual act between adults is arguably within the zone of privacy
protected by recent constitutional decisions."
- All boy and all-girl organizations must be sexually
integrated, as must all fraternities and sororites. The Boy Scouts and the Girl
Scouts must change their names and their purposes to become sex-integrated.
How is abortion a litmus test of
a person's stand on other issues?
- A person who doesn't value the unborn and have concern for
their lives probably won't stand up for other dependent members of society,
such as the elderly infirm, the disabled and the mentally challenged.
- Those who "go with the flow" of prevailing opinion on
abortion may be easily influenced by their peers and not choose to think for
themselves on other issues.
- A candidate who wants to restrict abortion is likely to be
against other kinds of destructive influences in our culture such as gambling
- How an individual views abortion is a good indicator of where
they will stand on other human rights violations, including international
- A candidate who is pro-life from the view that our
constitution protects "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" will
probably want to stick to the limits of the consitution on other matters as