Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the Supreme Court's Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision makes the United States akin to extremist authoritarian and theocratic nations that restrict women's rights.
When asked Monday about the Court's decision, Clinton, who may run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, said, "it is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism, where women and women's bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people, men, to get them to behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but which prop up them because of their religion, their sect, their tribe, whatever."
"Way over the top," responded Kirsten Powers Tuesday after hearing a clip of Clinton's remarks on Fox News' "Special Report."
Powers, a Fox News contributor and a columnist for The Daily Beast and USA Today, is a conservative Democrat who used to work in the administration of Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Powers added that she is personally conflicted about the Hobby Lobby case because of the competing values at stake, but Clinton's remarks were extreme.
"Listen," she said, "we do not live in Saudi Arabia or Congo. This is what she's basically talking about — societies that are truly discriminatory against women."
Powers added that she believes contraception is "extremely important for women" and supports government provision of contraception, "but to try to turn this into some misogynist plot against women, I think, is going too far. That's not what is going on here."