(CNSNews.com) – The Children’s Defense Fund will honor Hillary Clinton on Sept. 30 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., “for her dedication and contributions to child advocacy.”
“The Children’s Defense Fund is commemorating its 40th Anniversary by recognizing champions who are changing the odds for children,” CDF President Marian Wright Edelman said. “Although critical gains have been made for children over these past four decades, much remains to be done.
“As we celebrate the great milestones in CDF’s history, we will honor the servant leaders across generations who have worked hard with us in the trenches to build a more just nation for all our young,” Edelman said. “We are pleased to recognize Hillary Rodham Clinton who has been a tireless voice for children and was with the Children’s Defense Fund at the beginning as a young staff attorney, then board member and board chair.”
Clinton has long been an abortion rights advocate. In a 2008 presidential debate at Messiah College, Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, asked Clinton if she believed “personally that life begins at conception.”
“I believe that the potential for life begins at conception,” Clinton answered. “I am a Methodist, as you know.
“My church has struggled with this issue,” Clinton said. “In fact, you can look at the Methodist Book of Discipline and see the contradiction and the challenge of trying to sort that very profound question out.
“But for me, it is also not only about a potential life; it is about the other lives involved,” Clinton said. “And, therefore, I have concluded, after great, you know, concern and searching my own mind and heart over many years, that our task should be in this pluralistic, diverse life of ours in this nation that individuals must be entrusted to make this profound decision, because the alternative would be such an intrusion of government authority that it would be very difficult to sustain in our kind of open society.”
In Clinton’s book “It Takes a Village,” (page 301), she touted her efforts to get the Plan B contraceptive on the market. The drug by its own packaging shows it can cause abortion by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting.
“In the last few years, we’ve seen major breakthroughs in research and effectiveness of contraceptives,” Clinton wrote. “For example, Plan B is a new emergency contraceptive that can prevent a pregnancy after another contraceptive has failed or after unprotected sex.
“I fought for years to get Plan B on the market, so that fewer women will face the choice of abortion,” Clinton said.
Clinton also wrote about the bill she introduced as a senator – Prevention First – that “expanded access to contraception.”
The CDF was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman, the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, as part of the Civil Rights Movement, according to its website.
“From our inception, the Children's Defense Fund has challenged the United States to raise its standards by improving policies and programs for children,” the website stated. “Over the years, we have become known for careful research on children’s survival, protection and development in all racial and income groups and for independent analyses of how federal and state policies affect children, their families and their communities.”