Please watch and enjoy this breathtaking speech by Hillary Clinton on global reproductive health and the vital importance of access to safe abortions. It is her response to anti-choice Rep. Chris Smith when asked if the Obama administration will "overturn pro-life laws" in Africa and Latin America. Her firm, clear and authoritative voice is inspiring.
We have a very fundamental disagreement and it is my strongly held view that you are entitled to advocate and everyone who agrees with you should be free to do so anywhere in the world, and so are we.
We [the Obama Administration] happen[s] to think that family planning is an important part of women's health and reproductive health includes access to abortion, that I believe should be safe, legal and rare.
From RH Reality Check, a site for "Information and Analysis on Reproductive Health":
She spoke truth to power. And in doing so, she gave voice to those who have none in this debate. Each year, more than 600,000 women, according to what can only be described as conservative estimates, die of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Each year, more than 75,000 of those deaths, according to those same conservative estimates, are caused by complications of unsafe abortion.
Each year, countless children are left without mothers due to maternal mortality. Each year, women seek desperately to avoid a pregnancy they can not afford and have been left without basic services. Each year an increasing number of women become infected by HIV through unprotected sex that could be prevented by effective programming.