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December 1st, 2008
01:30 PM ET

Hillary Clinton Champions Women's Health Worldwide

Cecile Richards
President of Planned Parenthood

Late on election night, I received an email from a Planned Parenthood staff person, Njeri Wahome, in Nairobi, Kenya, to verify what she was seeing on television - that Senator Obama had won. "Can it be true? We are over the moon ... at the making of history." 

For a woman who has dedicated her life to improving the health of women and children in her home country, Njeri knew that a change in U.S. administration could have a dramatic impact on women in Kenya.

For the past eight years, the Bush administration has enforced a global gag rule, an executive order that prevented thousands of health care entities around the world from providing women with birth control...

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Maria

    Hallow All,
    I wish to remind you that today, December 1st, is the 20th anniversary of the Worlds AIDS day. The theme of AIDS Worlds Day from 2007-2008 is “leadership”. The incidence rate of HIV infection is significantly increased among Women, whom they might pass it to their kids during pregnancy. Not to mention, the incidence rate in Africa is high rocket due to poverty, lack of education, birth control, early detection of HIV…etc. Women health initiatives along with AIDS Aid program will help to control disease transmission.

    December 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  2. Maria

    Hallow Cecile Richards,
    I totally agree with you on that Bush policies indirectly affect the global health programs. Health programs in developing countries, especially Africa, are heavily depending in the Worlds Health Organization Aids and United State contributes significantly in the proposed budget for each program. I think Hillary Clinton as a Woman may force promoting Women global Health initiatives in positive way and add quality as well as diversity for President-elect Obama administration.

    December 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  3. Larry

    So, health care is only available from the U.S.?

    December 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  4. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Thank you! Its a disgrace that a so-called-Pro-life president (Bush) could deny women health care!

    December 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm |