Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hilary Dodges Gunfire on Mission of Mercy to Dying Women

Tom McFeely at the NCRegister last week wondered whether Sec. of State Hilary Clinton's testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee April 23 -
“I’ve been in hospitals in Brazil, where half the women were enthusiastically and joyfully greeting new babies and the other half were fighting for their lives against botched abortions.”

Was akin to her campaign tale about a 1996 trip to Bosnia -
"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

i.e., false. Or to put it in newspeak, "misspoken". Something sounded manipulative about the Brazil trip, especially given that concern for "maternal health" has become the secretary's cover for exporting abortion throughout the world.

So McFeely's been digging around the Department of State trying to verify the trip and today reports:
Department of State spokeswoman Laura Tischler said today to the Register, “I am unable to confirm where or when the trip she referred to in her testimony was — where specifically in Brazil she was visiting, or when the trip occurred.”

Tischler referred the Register’s initial query last Monday about this issue to Clinton’s personal staff for a response. Clinton’s staff declined to provide any information to substantiate the claim, Tischler said.

The Register has Rep. Chris Smith's reaction, excerpt"
“This is part of a longstanding problem of abortion advocates making unverifiable and/or bogus statements about abortion data and then using the information to try and craft bad policy,” Smith said. “Pro-abortion activists have a long history of making these type of unsubstantiated claims. That’s how they drive policy — with gross exaggeration of numbers, hyperbole and junk science.”

See Smith's full statement and McFeely's report at the Register.