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Judicial Watch Report: Hillary Clinton and Abortion

"What Does Hillary Think?" -- New Special Report Raises Disturbing Questions about Hillary Clinton and Abortion


Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188


WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced the release of a special report, New Clinton White House Records Raise Disturbing Questions about Hillary Clinton and Abortion. Judicial Watch’s report includes excerpts of new documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. According to the report’s introduction: “Judicial Watch’s research of Clinton Archives has turned-up additional, never-before-seen records detailing Team Clintons’ strong support – both politically and ideologically – for attacking the pro-life movement and aggressively expanding the ‘culture of death,’ especially with public funding.”


Judicial Watch’s special report focuses on three particular documents that provide evidence that Hillary Clinton was a key player in crafting the Clinton administration’s radical abortion policies, that anti-Catholic slurs were distributed among senior White House staff, and that the abortion issue was cynically managed for political purposes by the Clinton White House. Among the highlights of the report:


  • The Clinton Archives contain a memo from Domestic Policy Council staffer Bill Galston to President Bill Clinton, suggesting the president “lower the public profile” of the administration’s radical pro-abortion policies: “…it is essential to regain our balance on cultural matters. . . . we should not go out of our way to emphasize issues that reinforce the impression that we are somehow outside the cultural mainstream.” Galston specifically cited radical, early moves of the Clinton administration: “. . . gays in the military, political correctness on campus, quotas, and reproductive services contained within a health care proposal.”


  • The Galston memo includes a two-page discussion of the Hyde Amendment, weighing legislative tactics, public opinion and political strategy, ending with President Bill Clinton’s handwritten question, “What does Hillary think?” next to the “decision” section of the memo.


  • The Clinton Archives contain an April 1, 1993 letter from Takey Crist, MD, the director of the Crist Clinic for Women in Jacksonville, NC, to George Stephanopoulos as White House Communications Director. The Crist letter attacks Representative Hyde and the Catholic Church for defending all innocent human life: “Critics who say that paying for federally financed abortions would put taxpayers into the ‘grisly business’ of abortion are using the same scare tactics that were used back in 1976 and 1977 by Henry Hyde who has been financed and paid off by the Catholic church for years.”


“This special report provides important behind-the-scenes details regarding the creation and execution of the Clinton administration’s radical pro-abortion agenda,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These new documents show that the Clinton White House treated abortion with corrupt cynicism and that Hillary Clinton was at the center of decision-making on the issue.”


To read a copy of Judicial Watch’s new special report, visit