Hillary Clinton spoke at the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala in New York City on Tuesday night. During her speech, Clinton argued that women’s health care is important and warned that the Donald Trump administration and Republican administrations across the country are taking away women’s health care by closing Planned Parenthood clinics and cutting funding. She said, “As we speak, politicians in Washington are still doing everything they can to roll back the rights and progress we’ve fought so hard for over the last century.” Clinton acknowledged the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, and she said that everyone has a right to their personal feelings, but the government should not take away anyone’s right to control their body. “Let us respect people’s convictions. But never back down from our commitment to defend the ability of every woman to make these deeply personal decisions for herself. I wish there were common ground, but I know for sure it is higher ground,” she said. Watch a clip of Clinton’s speech below. A full video will be added when/if available.
Earlier this month, Chelsea Clinton was interviewed by Refinery29. It is her first interview since her mother, Hillary Clinton, lost the presidential election to Donald Trump in November. In the interview, Chelsea talks about the work the Clinton Foundation continues to do, but the main discussion was about how her mother’s supporters should move forward after the election. Chelsea said, “Everything we believed before the election, we still believe. Everything we worked so hard for, we have to continue to work hard for. It requires engagement in our own communities.”
Chelsea recommended that everyone step up by subscribing to reliable news organizations, taking part in peaceful demonstrations such as the Women’s March, and that everyone donate to organizations that are likely to suffer during the Trump administration such as Planned Parenthood. She said that no matter how we are feeling, whether we are hopeful or angry, we should turn those feelings into actions. “Use those emotions to engage and organize and advocate to protect and advance what you think matters most. Whether that’s combatting climate change, or protecting women’s rights, fighting against gun violence, or advocating for LGBTQ equality,” she said. Read the full article HERE.
Chelsea is also still very active on Twitter, and you can follow her @ChelseaClinton.
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On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton attended a fundraiser in San Francisco. The event came after she unveiled her technology agenda and featured two guests: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Also holding a fundraiser on behalf of Hillary for America on Wednesday was Senior Campaign Strategist Jim Margolis. The event was held in New York City. On Thursday, an additional New York City fundraiser was held, this time it included a conversation with Chief Financial Officer Gary Gensler.
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On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down laws in the state of Texas that severely limit women’s access to abortion clinics. In a 5-3 decision, the court declared the laws unconstitutional (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt). In a statement, Hillary Clinton called the decision “a victory for women across America.” She warned, however, that the fight is far from over as there are many other states trying to limit women’s health. A copy of Clinton’s statement is below:
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a victory for women across America. By striking down politically motivated restrictions that made it nearly impossible for Texans to exercise their full reproductive rights, the Court upheld every woman’s right to safe, legal abortion, no matter where she lives.
I applaud everyone who flooded the Texas Capitol to speak out against these attacks on women’s health, the brave women and men across the country who shared their stories, and the health care providers who fought for their patients and refused to give up.
Our fight is far from over. In Texas and across the country, a woman’s constitutional right to make her own health decisions is under attack. In the first three months of 2016, states introduced more than 400 measures restricting access to abortion. We’ve seen a concerted, persistent attack on women’s health and rights at the federal level. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said women should be punished for having abortions. He also pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Today’s decision is a reminder of how much is at stake in this election. We need a President who will defend women’s health and rights and appoint Supreme Court justices who recognize Roe v. Wade as settled law. We must continue to protect access to safe and legal abortion – not just on paper, but in reality.”
News Source: The New York Times
Today, Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. Both Clinton and Planned Parenthood support women’s rights and women’s health, but the organization has been attacked by Republicans and others because many of Planned Parenthood’s clinics offer abortion services. After being introduced by Cecile Richards, Clinton gave a speech in which she promised to support Planned Parenthood against attacks and vowed to support women’s health services including birth control, mammograms, and sex education. She criticized Republicans and Congress for attempting to defund the organizing saying that it was a direct attack on women’s health. A full video from the event is available on C-SPAN.
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