Tom Cotton Says Democrats Are Abandoning the Clinton’s “Safe, Legal, and Rare” Approach to Abortion

Tom Cotton Says Democrats Are Abandoning the Clinton's

( – Presidents often coin new phrases in office in an attempt to change a topic’s perception or definition. When successful, this change can often further a party’s agenda. In President Bill Clinton’s case, he first used the phrase “safe, legal, and rare” when speaking about his hopes for abortion in 1993. However, over 25 years after he first said those words, one GOP Senator has accused the Democratic party of abandoning that sentiment.

On Wednesday, September 29, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) spoke with State Representative Donna Howard (D-TX) during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting about abortion. Cotton asked her if she agreed abortion should be “safe, legal and rare,” and she dodged directly answering the question. Instead, Howard emphasized there should be “a lot of options” in order to reduce the need for a woman to get an abortion.

The Daily Caller’s Social Issues reporter Mary Margaret Olohan shared Cotton’s response to Howard’s failure to agree with the Clinton’s phrase:

It turns out, Democrats do not want to call abortion “rare,” as it could imply that there’s something innately wrong with the practice. The Left is clearly trying to make abortion seem just like another form of birth control, rather than call it what it is: the ending of human life. Thankfully, though, Senator Cotton called these lawmakers out on their change of tune, helping Americans remember just what abortion really does.

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