After former first lady Barbara Bush’s death last year, the public is getting a more accurate glimpse into the life of the woman and her tortured home where she was forced to endure her husband’s infidelity and stay silent regarding beliefs that may hurt her family’s political ambitions.
One deeply held belief that Mrs. Bush concealed from the public was her stance on abortion. Contrary to the convictions of the vast majority of Republicans, she held pro-abortion beliefs since at least the 1980s.
Susan Page, the USA Today’s Washington Bureau chief, had intimate access to Mrs. Bush’s documents in her waning days as she was preparing her biography, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, which is now in stores everywhere. Page found in Mrs. Bush’s diaries that deceased first lady was an enthusiastic supporter of abortion.
“In all our years of campaigning, abortion was the toughest issue for me,” Mrs. Bush once said publicly. She would downplay her pro-abortion beliefs for the betterment of her husband’s career as he rose to obtain the presidency.
It was apparently the tragic death of her daughter Robin that led Mrs. Bush to adopt her avidly pro-abortion beliefs. Robin had died at the age of 3 after a grueling bout with leukemia back in 1953.
Mrs. Bush wrote of her traumatic experience: “Judging from both the birth and death of Robin Bush, I have decided that that almost religious experience, that thin line between birth, the first breath that she took, was when the soul, the spirit, that special thing that separates man or woman from animals + plants entered her little body. I was conscious at her birth and I was with her at her death… I vividly remember that split second, that thin line between breathing and not breathing, the complete knowledge that her soul had left and only the body remained.”
In her further elaboration, Mrs. Bush made it clear that she supports abortions being subsidized by the US taxpayer through the federal government.
“What do I feel about abortion?” Mrs. Bush wrote in a memo. “Having decided that the first breath is when the soul enters the body, I believe in Federally funded abortion. Why should the rich be allowed to afford abortions and the poor not?”
Mrs. Bush’s rhetoric on abortion sounds very similar to the viewpoint of Hillary Clinton, the candidate she and her husband supported for President in 2016 over Donald Trump.
“Any right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it is no right at all … not as long as we have laws on the book like the Hyde Amendment making it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights,” Hillary Clinton said on the campaign trail in 2016 as she pushed to expand the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortions.
Mrs. Bush’s private comments on abortion show how the globalists on the Right will obfuscate the truth from the public just as readily as the globalists on the Left.
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