As a newly-elected Senator, Hillary Clinton may have earned abortion rights supporters’ ire by calling abortion “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women.” But she’s consistently taken bold stands in favor of reproductive healthcare access, and as Secretary of State, has forcefully articulated a position in support of women’s access to the full range of reproductive health services around the world. In January 2010, she announced that the US would make a funding push over the next five years to promote “reproductive health care and family planning as a basic right” worldwide.
In April 2010 testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clinton told Republican Chris Smith, who demanded to know whether she considers legal abortion services a part of reproductive health care, that "family planning is an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe [and] legal.”
In an article for The Nation, Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein commended Clinton for her strong stance on women’s reproductive rights, but criticized President Obama for remaining “relatively silent.”
While Obama openly identifies as prochoice, he has attempted not to alienate antichoicers. In a 2008 speech at Pennsylvania’s Messiah College, Obama said, “I absolutely think that we can find common ground… People of good will can exist on both sides [of the abortion debate].”
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