Hillary Clinton said Republicans led by Donald Trump are looking to “turn back the clock” on women’s health care advances, including access to contraception and safe abortions, in her first major policy address since becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.Watch the full speech above. And remember:
Speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Network in Washington, Clinton said U.S. abortion and pregnancy rates are at record lows due to access to contraception and sex education, services offered by the women’s reproductive rights group that is a target of Republicans in Congress and state legislatures across the nation.
“It wasn’t so long ago that Democrats and Republicans actually stood together on these issues,” said Clinton, speaking in a ballroom illuminated in neon pink. “Things feel quite different now,” she said, citing an upcoming Supreme Court case on Texas abortion laws, which she described as the “biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade in a generation.”
She also pointed to hundreds of new state-level abortion restrictions imposed by Republican-led legislatures and the fact that 11 states have defunded Planned Parenthood in the past year, cutting some women off from their only health care access.
“When Donald Trump says ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for let’s take America backward, back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some” but not all, and when abortion was illegal, women had few options and life for women “was limited,” she said.
“Well, Donald, those days are over,” she said.