Hillary Clinton says overturning the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade has made the U.S. comparable to Sudan and Afghanistan.
Speaking at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, last week, Clinton discussed the recent ruling with journalist Christiane Amanpour.
"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, according to National Review.
"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."
In Sudan, the Islamist state bans abortion except for when a woman is raped, or her life is in danger. Afghanistan's Islamist state bans abortion except when the mother's life is in danger, The Christian Post reports.
In response, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, called Clinton "evil" on Twitter.
"Please, please don't listen to this evil woman," he said. "Her lies and immorality need to be silenced for the good of humanity."
Previously, Clinton had said overturning Roe v. Wade would be a "dangerous decision."
"This opinion is dark," she said. "It is incredibly dangerous, and it is not just about a woman's right to choose. It is about much more than that."
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