Planned Parenthood Action Fund Statement on Tonight's Democratic Debate
For Immediate Release: Feb. 12, 2016
Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund
“Hillary Clinton showed us again tonight that she is the best candidate to continue to fight for the rights of all Americans, protect women’s access to health care and build on the progress we’ve made so far. No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women’s health and rights, or has such a clear vision for women with policies that will help them pursue their goals and dreams. She’s been fighting for our rights her entire life – not just with her words, but with action."
Hillary Clinton on women’s health and rights:
“I was very proud to get the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund because I have been a leader on these issues. I have gone time and time again to take on the vested interests who would keep women’s health care decisions the province of the government instead of women ourselves. I'm very proud that NARAL endorsed me because when it comes to it we need a leader on women's issues. Somebody who, yes, votes right--but much more than that, leads the efforts to protect the hard-fought gains that women have made, that make no mistake about it, are under tremendous attack. Not just by the Republican presidential candidates but by a whole national effort to try to set back women's rights.”
Hillary Clinton on the inequities Americans still face:
"I want to tackle those barriers that stand in the way of too many Americans right now. African Americans who face discrimination in the job market, education, housing and the criminal justice system. Hard-working immigrant families living in fear, who should be brought out of the shadows so they and their children can have a better future. Guaranteeing that women’s work finally gets the pay, the equal pay that we deserve. I think America can only live up to its potential when we make sure that every American has a chance to live up to his or her potential. That will be my mission as president. And I think together we will make progress.”