Hillary says it all

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Friday, April 24, 2009 13:23 PDT

Here’s a Friday afternoon video clip that’s really worth watching; it’s a happy reminder of the far-reaching implications of the fact that Bush is — finally! — out of the White House.

On Wednesday at a hearing in Washington D.C., Rep. Christopher Smith, a pro-life Republican from New Jersey, asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the Obama administration is seeking to weaken or overturn pro-life laws in Latin American or African countries. The Congressman also wanted to know if the Obama administration’s definition of reproductive health, rights or services includes abortion.

Clinton responded with a passionate defense of reproductive rights, including, yes, abortion, by reflecting on the real costs to millions of women around the world when they do not have those rights. “When I think about the suffering I have seen of women around the world,” Clinton says, as she recounts visiting a hospital in Brazil, where half the female patients were new mothers “enthusiastically and joyfully greeting new babies,” and the other half were “fighting for their lives against botched abortions.”

“Keeping women and men in ignorance and denied the access to services actually increases the rate of abortion,” she says, defending family planning. And the Secretary takes the thankfully now-gone Bush administration to task for its health policies which, she contends, contributed to the recent rise in teen pregnancies, domestically.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.