Hillary Spoke About Reproductive Justice In A Truly Intersectional Way
And she called out Republican hypocrisy on abortion and paid leave.
“For too long, issues like these have been dismissed by many as ‘women’s issues’ – as though that somehow makes them less worthy, secondary,” Clinton said. “Well, yes, these are women’s issues. They’re also family issues. They’re economic issues. They’re justice issues. They’re fundamental to our country and our future.”
Then, she noted that reproductive rights are inextricable from other progressive priorities, like raising the minimum wage, passing comprehensive immigration reform and equal pay laws, preventing gun violence and challenging systemic racism.
“All the issues we’re talking about today are connected,” she said. “They intersect. And that’s why I’m grateful to the reproductive justice leaders in this room and across America. Because you know that all those issues go straight to that fundamental question: whether we believe women and families of all races and backgrounds and income levels deserve an equal shot in life.”
Clinton’s speech was a powerful reminder that the concept of “choice” is hollow for low-income people who may not actually have a choice when it comes to terminating their pregnancies because they can’t afford an abortion.
“Let’s repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible for low-income women — disproportionately women of color — to exercise their full reproductive rights,” she said.
People will say she’s pandering or playing the woman card, BUT this is the most feminist and intersectional feminist - speech ever given by a presidential nominee, and the first by a presidential nominee to mention abortion not just once but 16 times in her speech.
Now that she’s the presumptive nominee and secured endorsement from the POTUS and every high ranking democrat, people were now expecting her to pivot back to the center again to appeal to more than just the democratic base - and perhaps she still will - but on this issue of women’s rights, she did not back down but instead doubled down.
And people will argue this is politics of convenience or a soft progressive issue that HRC doesn’t deserve a pat on the back on, BUT let’s not forget republicans were and still are willing to shut down the federal government over women’s reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood, that some key swing states lean more pro-life than pro-choice, but this is a fight she’s willing to take on and one of the big risks she’s taking in this election.
This isn’t simply about identity politics when we say we want a woman in the White House in our lifetime, it’s about finally getting a woman in the White House who have fought for women’s rights her entire life.