Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Hillary Clinton

Our Nation’s Best Presidential Candidate for Reproductive Rights, Hands Down

There’s no question: Hillary Clinton holds the strongest record on reproductive rights of all presidential contenders in not just this election, but in American history. She doesn’t just support women’s health — she has been a proactive leader on expanding access to women’s health care. In fact, no other 2016 candidate has shown such strong, lifelong commitment to the issues Planned Parenthood Action Fund cares about.

We live in an era where access to birth control, abortion, and services at Planned Parenthood are under unprecedented attack. With so much at stake, we can’t afford to have a president who continues these attacks — or who won’t stand strong and fight against them, no matter what.

We need Hillary Clinton, women’s health champion, in the White House.

 

Hillary Clinton on Birth Control & Family Planning

Among the presidential candidates who want to protect birth control access, Hillary Clinton stands out for boldly fighting for expanded access to birth control.

During her time in the U.S. Senate, Clinton worked to expand access to family planning and ensure that low-income women and those serving in the military had access to birth control. She also waged a multiyear effort​ — even blocking the nomination of a Food and Drug Administration head with Sen. Patty Murray — to pass the law that made emergency contraception available over-the-counter without a prescription.

Clinton has demonstrated over and over that she wants birth control to be affordable for all women. That’s why she called the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling "deeply disturbing" for allowing some bosses to deny their employees affordable birth control coverage. It’s no wonder she had a 100% rating on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund scorecard while she was in the Senate.

Hillary Clinton on Planned Parenthood

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Hillary Clinton is the most outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood among all the presidential candidates. It’s nearly impossible to count the many times she has stood up for Planned Parenthood throughout her life, but even in small areas she has stood up for Planned Parenthood big-time: On Twitter alone, she tweeted in support of Planned Parenthood 50 times since July — including a powerful “Support and Stand with Planned Parenthood” video.

Clinton isn’t shy about calling out Republicans who want to “defund” Planned Parenthood, either. When presidential candidate Jeb Bush openly dismissed the need for women's health funding, she had to explain: “Now, this really isn't complicated. When you attack Planned Parenthood, you attack women's health and when you attack women's health, you attack America's health.”

Hillary Clinton on Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

Clinton has a long track record of working to safeguard access to safe and legal abortion. As senator, Clinton fought back attempts to ban safe and legal abortion, and she voted to protect access. For instance, she helped pass a 2003 measure affirming Roe v. Wade as a constitutional right that should not be overturned or narrowed.

As president, Clinton would ensure that abortion remains safe and legal. We know this because she has repeatedly said that abortion is part of basic reproductive health care. But don’t take our words for it — take hers:

“You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”

 

 

Hillary Clinton on Equal Pay

It’s a fact: Women earn less than men across the U.S. economy — and women of color often lose out the most. Hillary Clinton has worked not only to educate the American public about this issue, but also to close the gender pay gap.  

Clinton is the only presidential candidate to introduce equal pay legislation — and she did it three times. That’s right: three times. She introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act ​in 2005, in 2007 and in 2009 to give women the tools they need to fight workplace discrimination. And you can bet she will work to pass it as president.

Hillary Clinton on Reproductive Health Equity & Access to Coverage

Hillary Clinton has also worked to end discrimination in our health care systems so that all people can have a fair chance at leading healthy lives. As first lady, she created a plan for universal health coverage that many credit as the root of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a law that Clinton praised for prohibiting health insurers from denying coverage because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Clinton has vowed to build on the ACA, which has helped nearly 8.2 million adult women gain coverage (including no-copay birth control) and has been especially important for women of color, who accounted for 53% of uninsured women before it went into effect.

Promoting health equity doesn’t end at our country’s borders. As secretary of state, Clinton’s unwavering international advocacy for women and girls included efforts to ensure their access to reproductive health care, as well as foreign policy that aims to make women and girls central partners in achieving human rights goals.

A True Champion

Hillary Clinton’s reproductive rights resume is so long, we can’t put everything on this page.

But it’s plain to see: Hillary Clinton is the only presidential candidate who has been a true champion on family planning, and the only one who would both protect and expand access to reproductive health care.