When asked about her thoughts on abortion Tuesday morning, Hillary Clinton may have surprised some by taking the stance that being “pro-life” and a feminist are not mutually exclusive.
During an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Candace Cameron-Bure asked Clinton if she thinks it’s possible to be a feminist while identifying as “pro-life.”
“Yes I do, absolutely,” Clinton said.
“They’re not mutually exclusive?” Cameron-Bure asked.
“No, absolutely,” she said. “Look, I’ve been, and I’m sure that Whoopi and Joy have been, we’ve been in these conversations now for, what, 40-plus years, right? And I respect the opinions and beliefs of every woman.”
“The reason why being pro-choice is the right way to go is because it is a choice and hopefully a choice that is rooted in the thoughtfulness and the care that the women bring to this decision,” she continued. “So, of course you can be a feminist and pro-life.”
These comments come after Clinton referred to a fetus in an interview as an unborn “person,” a word choice that angered some abortion rights activists.
“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” she said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Now that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support.”