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On Roe v. Wade’s Anniversary, One Candidate Has Lifelong Record of Fighting for Women: Hillary Clinton

Forty- three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on Roe V. Wade, protecting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Today, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring this constitutional right is preserved and protected from Republican attempts to overturn it. As Hillary Clinton said, Roe V. Wade “is the touchstone of our reproductive freedom, the embodiment of our most fundamental rights, and no one – no judge, no governor, no Senator, no President – has the right to take it away.” And the fact is, with women’s reproductive freedom at stake in this election Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in this race who has led the fight to protect women’s reproductive rights throughout her entire career – and she will do so in the future.

As President, Clinton will continue fighting for women’s reproductive freedom and will defend Planned Parenthood from partisan political attacks.

  • She will stand with Planned Parenthood and stop Republicans from defunding the organization, which would restrict millions of women’s access to critical health care services, like cancer screenings, contraception, and safe, legal abortion.
  • She will repeal the Hyde amendment to ensure low-income women have access to safe reproductive health care.
  • She will promote sexual education across schools in America.
  • And she will fight to protect and build on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which bans insurance companies from discriminating against women and guarantees more than 55 million women access to preventive care.

As First Lady of the United States, Clinton was a vocal advocate for low-income women’s reproductive freedom and she used her position on the global stage to advance women’s reproductive rights:

  • Clinton supported Medicaid funding for abortion to ensure low income women also had access to reproductive rights.
  • In Argentina, at a time when abortion was illegal except in rare cases, Clinton said that reproductive health was “crucial in advancing the cause of women.”
  • During a UN Population Fund (UNFPA) conference in The Hague, Clinton stated that “government has no place in the personal decision a woman makes about whether to bring a child into the world.” [Agence France Presse, 2/9/99]
  • At the UN 4th Conference on Women in China, Clinton affirmed that “it is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families.”

As Senator of New York, Clinton championed access to emergency contraception and consistently voted in favor of strengthening a woman’s right to choose:

  • She voted to prevent Republicans from overturning Vs. Wade.
  • She helped lead the charge to stop the Bush Administration from restricting over-the-counter access to “Plan B” for millions of women.
  • She introduced a bill to guarantee U.S. servicewomen, who are too often the victims of sexual assault in the military, access to emergency contraception.
  • She cosponsored the Freedom of Choice Act to protect the right for women to make their own health care decisions.
  • She championed legislation to improve access to women’s health care and reduce unintended pregnancies.

That’s why leaders in the choice community stand with Hillary Clinton:

  • Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President stated: “No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights. This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood. Health care for an entire generation is at stake.”
  • Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro- Choice America Director wrote: “He (Senator Sanders) has yet to match Hillary Clinton’s courageous, public call for repealing the discrimination against low-income women enshrined in the Hyde Amendment, despite the fact that forcing women to carry pregnancies against their will is a key determinant in their economic future or lack thereof.”
  • Stephanie Schriock , EMILY’s List President said: “…if we’re going to save Roe v. Wadeand keep this country moving forward, we need more than just a reliable vote. In the White House, we need a leader who understands how critical this issue is, who will not only work to defend our rights — but expand them too…Hillary Clinton is running to repeal the Hyde amendment and fight for the millions of women and men who depend on Planned Parenthood for care. That’s why, when she’s elected president, she won’t just hold the line on our right to choose.”
  • Jessica Valenti, columnist wrote:While Hillary Clinton has centered her campaign on women’s rights, been vocal about overturning the Hyde Amendment and has brought up Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in nearly every debate, Sanders has been much less proactive.”