Susan B. Anthony List President: ‘Safe, Legal and Rare – That Old Clinton Way of Looking’ at Abortion ‘Is Just a Distant Memory’

By Melanie Arter | February 28, 2019 | 3:27pm EST
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser (Screenshot)

( – Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said recent Democratic efforts to legalize infanticide through late-term abortion bills show that Hillary Clinton’s mantra that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare is a thing of the past.

During a speech at the CPAC conference in National Harbor, Md., Dannenfelser condemned recent efforts to legalize late-term abortion up to and even after the baby’s birth as well as the lack of Democratic support for legislation that requires that babies who survive abortion receive life-saving medical care equivalent to that of a premature baby.

“A few days ago, we witnessed the logical conclusion to which Roe leads. The U.S. Senate had the opportunity to vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act – legislation to ensure that babies born alive during failed abortions receive the same treatment as any other premature baby would require to sustain its life,” Dannenfelser said.

“This bill responds to as you well know the radical efforts in New York and Virginia, and now popping up in so many states across the country where they would extend abortion to the point when a mother is even in labor, in fact, extend that right to the baby’s birthday,” she said.

“Every single Democrat in the Senate had the chance that day to take a stand against infanticide, against murder. All but three of them refused. The inhumanity of the modern Democratic Party’s position on abortion has not been exposed. We should be grateful for that. Safe, legal, and rare – that old Clinton way of looking at it is just a distant memory. Safe, legal and rare is not their mantra,” she added.

“What their mantra is, is that if you signed up for a dead baby, you’re gonna get one no matter what,” Dannenfelser said. “There may be a temptation to look at this last vote and be discouraged, but do not be discouraged. The truth sets us free. Clarity is vital is in moments like this. The battle lines have been drawn.


She said that the late-term abortion bills have actually led to an increase in the number of Democrats who identify as pro-life as well as an increase in the number of young people who consider themselves pro-life.

“Part of America who has been standing on the sidelines cannot miss and is not missing this moment. Just this past week, we got polling in light of Virginia and New York that showed that Democrats self-described pro-life moved from 20 percent to 34 percent. People under the age of 45 … had a 20-point jump in how many people considered themselves pro-life,” she said.

Dannenfelser said the nation is talking about abortion and protecting life in a way never before seen since Roe v. Wade.

“We are having a national conversation about life and protecting it or not in a way that we have never before – not since Roe vs. Wade. We’re witnessing panic, desperation, and overreach on the other side that is typical of a dying cause. Life is winning everywhere in the hearts and minds of Americans,” she said.

Dannenfelser also praised President Donald Trump for his efforts to protect life, calling him “the productive pro-life president in history.”

“He is delivering on his promises to the pro-life voters who propelled him to victory, and he is surpassing our hopes. With the president fully engaged and leading by example, the pro-life movement is ready to go on offense, defeat abortion extremists in all the states, aggressively challenge Roe in a court now transformed with outstanding constitutionalist judges chosen by this president and protect our pro-life allies in Congress,” she said.


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