Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Friday said Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonKaine laughs off reputation as 'America's stepdad' on Colbert Trump claims ignorance on alt-right movement Trump campaign raising .5 million for transition efforts: report MORE wants to force taxpayers to subsidize abortions.
“When Americans from both parties and both sides of the abortion debate came together to ban partial-birth abortion as a truly barbaric practice unworthy of our country, she defended it,” he wrote in a Fox News op-ed published Friday.
Bush noted that Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, has been endorsed by abortion-rights groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“Her vow to keep taxpayer dollars flowing to organizations that perform abortions — a truly perverse example of cronyism — surely helped seal the deal,” he wrote.
“She says that government should not be involved in abortion, but she means the opposite: government must force all of us to finance it.”
Bush also vowed to convince women to seek fewer abortions.
“As president, I would move, through patient persuasion, toward protecting more and more unborn children from abortion,” he wrote.
“Many of my fellow citizens disagree with that goal, of course, but I think most Americans can agree that we should at least protect unborn children at 20 weeks of development, when they may be able to feel pain. Nearly all European countries protect children at this late stage of development, and it is time we joined them.”
Bush also expressed solidarity with March for Life, saying he wished he could participate in the annual anti-abortion rally, which continued as planned on Friday despite a blizzard bearing down on Washington.
“Thank you so much for your dedication to the life cause,” he said in a video posted on Twitter on Friday.
“I wish I could be with you, but I’m there in spirit. Life is a gift from God. The fight continues on and I believe we will win.”
Friday marks the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe V. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide.
Clinton announced last week that she supports increasing Planned Parenthood’s government funding. The former secretary of State has frequently defended abortion access as a basic right for women.