Clinton started the piece with a story about a woman who received health care from Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire when she didn’t have health insurance. She explained that Planned Parenthood cares for almost 13,000 people every year in New Hampshire, many of whom could not otherwise afford care.
The presumed Democratic nominee wrote,
When Planned Parenthood is threatened, the health of men and women all across our country is endangered as well.
Throughout this election, Clinton has been a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, and the organization has done the same for her. They made their first ever primary candidate endorsement for her in January.
Clinton has also been a prominent supporter of abortion access. She has repeatedly brought up the fact that states are deliberately stripping women’s access to abortionand has pushed for discussion about this at debates.
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So we know that Clinton says she supports women’s health care, buthow exactly would that look should she become president?Clinton laid out her plan in her Concord Monitor op-ed.
First, she wrote, she will continue to #StandWithPP.
She said that Planned Parenthood should be “funded, supported and appreciated.” She added that birth control is “basic health care” that is vital for women and families.
Clinton wrote that she would fight laws that keep low-income women from getting health care, like the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a piece of law that has beenpassed by Congress every year since 1976, just three years after abortion was made legal by Roe v. Wade.
The Hyde Amendment bars the government from using funds through Medicaid for abortions except in the cases of incest, rape and medical threats to the mother’s life. In other words, low-income womenwhopay for health care with Medicaid cannot use it to pay for abortions. Thisdisproportionately hurts women of color and younger women.
Getting rid of the amendment, like Clinton has repeatedly said she would, would be a major victory for low-income women, which could potentially help to keep them out of further poverty.
Second, Clinton said, as president she would fight to keep abortion access “not just in principle, but in practice.”
She’s not entirely clear on how she would do this, and frankly, it’s hard to do much on this matter as president. Aside from the Hyde Amendment, many of the laws thatcreate barriers to abortion are made on the state level, not federal. So while Clinton says she’d stand against state laws, there’s not really too much she could actually do.
Third, Clinton wrote and this is a cool one she would support comprehensive, exclusive sex education as president.
It’s 2016, and it is long past time that everyone everywhere had accurate information.
Damn straight. Sex education in America is embarrassingly bad. Only 24 states and the District of Columbia require sex ed in public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Just 20 states requirethat sex and HIV education has to bemedically, factually or technically accurate.