I’d been working on a piece about reasons to vote for Clinton, but it was becoming huge and unmanageable. So I’m breaking it down into bite-sized morsels.
Here’s a reason to vote for Clinton: reproductive rights. Clinton isn’t just more pro-choice than Trump. She’s more pro-choice than any major-party Presidential nominee in decades. She’s pushing to stop Republicans from defunding Planned Parenthood. She’s said she wants Planned Parenthood to get more funding. She understands the role that income and poverty play in this issue, saying that “low-income women deserve health care” and “a right without the opportunity to exercise it isn’t a right.” Very importantly, she’s pushing for repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortions — something she did without being prompted, and something no other major-party Presidential nominee has done since the amendment was enacted.
And she hasn’t been shy about any of this. Her record on reproductive rights has been well-established for years, it’s full-throated, and it’s front and center in her campaign. Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards even spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (Here’s a run-down of Clinton’s positions and record on reproductive rights.)
Trump, on the other hand, wants to ban abortion, with the only exceptions being rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. (An ethically incoherent position, btw, which makes it clear that banning abortion is about punishing women for sex, not about saving human lives — would it be okay to kill a two-year-old child that was the product of rape or incest?) He opposes Federal funding of Planned Parenthood, to the point where he supported shutting down the government to keep it from happening. He’s said women who get abortions should be punished. And very importantly, he’s pledged to nominate anti-choices justices to the Supreme Court. NARAL has said that “A Trump presidency would be a disaster for women.”
There is a difference.
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