A Catholic bishop in Texas slammed Democrat Hillary Clinton on Friday after the twice-failed presidential candidate compared the abortion debate in the U.S. to Russian soldiers raping women in Ukraine.
At the Women’s Voice Summit held at the Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas on Friday, Clinton went on to say America was like Sudan and Afghanistan with regard to abortion.
“We have come a long way on so many fronts but we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been taken for granted by too many people is under attack: literally under attack in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine — where rape is a tactic of war — or under attack by political and cultural forces in a country like our own when it comes to women’s healthcare and bodily autonomy,” Clinton said. “It’s so shocking to think that in any way we’re related to poor Afghanistan and Sudan, but as an advanced economy as we allegedly are, on this measure, we unfortunately are rightly put with them.”
“This struggle is between autocracy and democracy from our country to places we can’t even believe we’re being compared to,” she added.
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Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, responded to Clinton’s remarks by encouraging people to ignore her.
“Please, please don’t listen to this evil woman,” Strickland tweeted. “Her lies and immorality need to be silenced for the good of humanity.”
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the monumental Roe v. Wade case back in June that legalized abortion across America in 1973.
The 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization followed the early May leak of a draft opinion indicating which way the justices would likely rule. That leak prompted protests across the nation, particularly in Washington, D.C., and acts of vandalism at pro-life organizations, centers, and churches.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe and a subsequent case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld Roe, both must be overturned, and the right to allow, deny, or restrict the right to an abortion must reside with states.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” Alito wrote in his majority opinion, which was strikingly similar to the earlier leaked draft. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”