Hillary Clinton on abortion rights at Women in the World 2015.

Hillary Clinton on abortion rights at Women in the World 2015.
Photo by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

TWENTY YEARS ago as first lady Hillary Clinton said “women’s right are human rights,” rocking the world in China. Long after Roe v. Wade was decided, and because of Democratic Party malaise, with state after state legislatures having gone hard right, women’s reproductive rights have been steadily rolled back, unconstitutionally, let me add.

It’s one reason Clinton returning to a 50-state electoral strategy matters so much, because it proves she’s taking the long view that includes what’s happening state by state.

At Women in the World 2015, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went to the heart of “women’s rights are human rights,” saying it as plainly as possible.

“Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said. “Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton argued. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will.” “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed,” Clinton added. “Not just for women but for everyone,” she added. “And not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.” [The Hill]

Clinton also launched a volley at talk radio, saying, “There are those who offer themselves as leaders who would deport mothers working to give their children a better life, rather than risk the ire of talk radio.”

Meanwhile, a tough week ends with Hillary for America fighting back in the best way possible. Raising the only kind of #ClintonCash that matters, from supporters. An email from John Pedesta was sent out to mobilize donors, just as Fox News Channel prepares to air an “exclusive” interview with Pete Schweizer tonight.

There’s a new book out — written by a former Republican operative with ties to a Koch-funded organization — that uses allegations and conspiracy theories to stitch together a false narrative about Hillary without producing a single shred of evidence.

[…] If we don’t fight back now, we send a signal to our opponents that we’ll shrivel in the face of whatever will follow.

Hillary Clinton’s words on reproductive rights, extremists against women’s freedoms will feel a call to cultural arms, even if that war has already ended. Millennials may not see the urgency of the unconstitutional encroachment inside states, because Plan B and the availability of contraception keeps them safe, but the same cannot be said for lower-income and women in rural areas.

As someone who crossed state lines to get a legal abortion, which I’ve written about before, including at length in The Hillary Effect, the chapter “Is Freedom Just for Men,” I know what women face when they cannot find a doctor or clinic. The sheer terror is unimaginable, but not having any options to end a pregnancy, well, that can be life-threatening for women.

You can be against abortion, which I respect. But what you believe shouldn’t impact another woman’s decisions or options. In fact, it’s unconstitutional to do so.