Clinton’s Abortion Word Choice Troubles Some

By Lindsay Hamilton

Apr 22, 2007 6:31pm

ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports: A linguistic gaffe by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has some abortion rights supporters chatting. In her statement about Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on an abortion procedure, Clinton used the term "partial birth abortion," the name abortion opponents have given to that procedure. Many abortion rights supporters are offended by the term.

"This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman’s right to choose and recognized the importance of women’s health.  Today’s decision blatantly defies the Court’s recent decision in 2000 striking down a state partial-birth abortion law because of its failure to provide an exception for the health of the mother," Clinton said in the statement.

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