Everything You Need To Know About Hillary Clinton, Women’s Health Champion

There’s no question: Hillary Clinton holds the strongest record on reproductive rights of any presidential nominee 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 presidential candidate in history has shown such strong, lifelong commitment to the issues and values 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 leads these attacks. We need a president who stands up to these attacks and with women and their health care providers, including Planned Parenthood.

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 working with Sen. Patty Murray to block the nomination of a Food and Drug Administration head — 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

Hillary Clinton is the most outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood among any presidential candidate in history. 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 — including a powerful “Support and Stand with Planned Parenthood” video.

If any of the GOP candidates were president today, Planned Parenthood would now be defunded & the ACA repealed. We can't let that happen. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 6, 2016

Clinton isn’t shy about calling out Republicans who want to “defund” Planned Parenthood, either. Her first speech as the presumptive nominee was to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, where she called for more federal support for Planned Parenthood:

We need to defend Planned Parenthood against partisan attacks. If right-wing politicians actually cared as much about protecting women’s health as they say they do, they’d join me in calling for more federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

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 first attempt at the health care reform that ultimately became 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 9.5 million 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 has been a true champion on family planning, and as president, she will both protect and expand access to reproductive health care.

In the first Democratic presidential debate, Clinton had this to say about the GOP presidential contenders.

“It's always the Republicans or their sympathizers who say you can't have paid leave, you can't provide health care.

They don't mind having big government to interfere with a woman's right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood...

I'm sick of it!”