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‘We Could Have Done More to Fight’: Hillary Clinton Calls out Democrats on Abortion Rights Battle

By Jake Beardslee · May 25, 2024

In a recent interview, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized her fellow Democrats for their inadequate response to the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Speaking to The New York Times, Clinton declared, "We could have done more to fight."  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia

The 2016 presidential nominee argued that most Democrats failed to recognize the looming threat to abortion rights that had been in place for decades.  Ali Shaker/VOA / Wikimedia

"We didn't take it seriously, and we didn't understand the threat," Clinton said. "Most Democrats, most Americans, did not realize we are in an existential struggle for the future of this country."  Lorie Shaull / Wikimedia

Clinton stated: "One thing I give the right credit for is they never give up...It's tremendously impressive the way that they operate. And we have nothing like it on our side." By contrast, she claimed progressives were "complacent and kind of taking it for granted and thinking it would never go away."  Lorie Shaull / Wikimedia

With the 2024 election approaching, Clinton issued a dire warning, describing it as "existential" due to the potential for conservatives to further "turning the clock back on women."  Clay Banks / Unsplash

Following the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling affecting in vitro fertilization, she cautioned that birth control could be the next target for Republicans.  Altairisfar (Jeffrey Reed) / Wikimedia

The former First Lady also slammed the conservative Supreme Court justices behind the Dobbs v. Jackson decision as well as Democrats in the Senate who she felt failed to adequately oppose those nominations. "Our side was complacent and kind of taking it for granted and thinking it would never go away," she remarked.  Nicole Hester / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

Additionally, Clinton suggested that sexism impacted her 2016 bid, claiming, "I was deserted by female voters because I was 'not perfect.'"  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia

Though she said she attempted to raise alarms about anti-abortion efforts during that campaign, polling at the time indicated voters did not believe Roe v. Wade was truly at risk, according to The Times.  Matt Hrkac from Geelong / Melbourne, Australia / Wikimedia