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On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will have the chance to go to
the polls and elect the next president of the US.
Women’s health is usually a particularly divisive issue between
Democrats and Republicans, but presidential candidates Hillary
Clinton and Donald Trump actually agree on a few issues.
There are others that they split on completely, however.
Here’s where Clinton stands on key issues, based on positions
outlined on her campaign website and public statements.
Clinton has come out strongly in support of reproductive rights
and a woman’s right to choose.
She secured the
endorsement of Planned Parenthood during the primaries and
has continued to
gain the support of a slew of reproductive-rights groups,
like NARAL, which
is heavily involved in repealing anti-choice laws on the books
and Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws. TRAP
laws have been criticized by pro-choice groups for imposing undue
legal burdens on doctors and medical facilities that provide
criticized Republicans for attempting to defund Planned
Parenthood, noting that it “would restrict millions of women’s
access to critical health care services, like cancer screenings,
contraception, and safe, legal abortion,” according to her
official campaign website.
“I am not only against defunding Planned Parenthood, but I would
like to see Planned Parenthood even get more funding,” Clinton
Fusion in January.
She has also promised to work to repeal the Hyde amendment, which
pro-choice activists criticize for restricting access to
abortion for lower-income women.
And she expressed strong support for President Barack Obama’s
Affordable Care Act, which, among other things, “bans insurance
companies from discriminating against women and guarantees more
than 55 million women access to preventive care.”
The vice presidential candidates
discussed abortion at length during the debate Democrat Tim
Kaine and Republican Mike Pence had on October 4.
Kaine is personally
pro-life, but said he would uphold the constitutional right
women have to make their own choice to get an abortion if they
need or want one.
“I think you should live your moral values. But the last thing,
the very last thing that government should do is have laws that
would punish women who make reproductive choices,” Kaine said at
the debate. “And that is the fundamental difference between a
Clinton-Kaine ticket and a Trump-Pence ticket that wants to
punish women who make that choice.”
Clinton has proposed
a number of ways to curb sexual assault, which include providing
“comprehensive” support to survivors of sexual assault, like
counseling and healthcare — both of which should remain
confidential and cooperative. She has proposed reforming the
criminal-justice system and reporting systems across college
campuses to ensure that the process is smooth, transparent, and
fair to victims of assault.
She also supports increasing sexual-violence-prevention programs
across high schools and colleges to train students to identify
and prevent sexual assault. Clinton has pointed to her previous
work in curbing this issue, such as her support for the creation
of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women,
her cosponsoring of the Violence Against Women Act in 2005, and
her leadership on a UN resolution “that established guidelines
for an international response to sexual assault in war-torn
Paid family leave
The US is the
only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid family
leave, and both candidates want to change that.
Clinton wants the
federal government to require 12 weeks of family leave — for
both mothers and fathers — to care for a new child or a sick
family member, or to recover from a personal severe injury or
illness. She plans to pay for the change by raising taxes on the
“It’s clear that there are so many challenges facing young
families today that we have to come to grips with, and we have to
work together to try to find the best menu of options,”
Clinton said at a campaign event in July. “Because there is
just no ‘one-size-fits-all.’ People have different needs.”