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Hillary Clinton Spoke About Reproductive Justice in a Genuinely Intersectional Way

Samantha Lachman - The Huffington Post
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June 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton's entire Planned Parenthood speech (CNN)

Hillary Clinton’s first speech since she won a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential race included remarks about how abortion relates to other issues. That’s groundbreaking for a presidential candidate.

The term “reproductive justice” was promoted by the grassroots women of color collective SisterSong in the 1990s to describe “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being” of a person. This means considering a broad array of factors that affect a person’s ability to have, not have and/or raise children.

At a Planned Parenthood Action Fund membership event on Friday, Clinton discussed restrictions on abortion access and state and federal-level attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. She reiterated her commitment to repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prevents Medicaid from funding abortions for low-income women. And she noted that the Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of June on laws passed by the GOP-controlled Texas legislature that would leave the state with 10 or fewer abortion clinics — and could lead to closed clinics in other states.

“For too long, issues like these have been dismissed by many as ‘women’s issues’ – as though that somehow makes them less worthy, secondary,” Clinton said. “Well, yes, these are women’s issues. They’re also family issues. They’re economic issues. They’re justice issues. They’re fundamental to our country and our future.”

Then, she noted that reproductive rights are inextricable from other progressive priorities, like raising the minimum wage, passing comprehensive immigration reform and equal pay laws, preventing gun violence and challenging systemic racism.

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