Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton secured an endorsement earlier this year from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, but it appears that at least one staff member with Planned Parenthood of Illinois is discontented with Clinton's recent comments about abortion.
Diana Arellano, manager of community engagement at Planned Parenthood of Illinois, took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse Clinton of further stigmatizing abortion during comments that the former secretary of state made on "Meet the Press."
"@HillaryClinton further stigmatizes #abortion," Arellano tweeted. "She calls a fetus an 'unborn child' & calls for later term restrictions."
.@HillaryClinton further stigmatizes #abortion. She calls a fetus an 'unborn child' & calls for later term restrictions. #MeetThePress— Diana Arellano (@Diana Arellano)1459692969.0
This critique came after Clinton appeared on the NBC show and host Chuck Todd asked, “When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?”
It was her response that has riled critics.
"Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights," Clinton said. "Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can, in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support."
She continued, "It doesn’t mean that you don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations. But it does include sacrificing the woman’s right to make decisions. And I think that’s an important distinction, that under Roe v. Wade we’ve had enshrined under our Constitution."
Watch that exchange below:
In a follow-up tweet sent on Monday, Arellano sought to clarify that her opinions are her own and are not reflective of Planned Parenthood.
"Since some people are unclear, my tweets are my own opinions and not a reflection of where I work," she wrote.
As the New York Times reported, Clinton has been roundly criticized by both sides of the abortion debate after referring to an unborn child as a "person."
(H/T: Christian Post)
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