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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hillary Clinton: What's she's done right, and wrong, for women

In response to a recent Gallup poll finding that Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in the United States, the Oregonian has a commentary about some of the strong stances that Clinton has taken on behalf of women in her role as Secretary of State:
Late last month, at Georgetown University, in language not particularly diplomatic for a secretary of state, Clinton warned: "Recent events in Egypt have been particularly shocking.... This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonors the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform, and is not worthy of a great people." 
After her speech, asked a question about different cultural standards, she responded: "There are certain actions that are beyond any cultural norm. Beating women is not cultural, it's criminal, and it needs to be addressed and treated as such."
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In September, Clinton told the Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco, "When it comes to the enormous challenge of our time -- to systematically and relentlessly pursue more economic opportunity in our lands -- we don't have a person to waste, and we certainly don't have a gender to waste." 
American foreign policy often consists of complicated choices, picking and choosing, with more hope than certainty, among various foreign politicians, selecting from a wide range of potentially disastrous policy choices. But there's something at once simple and defensible about taking a stance that it's wrong for a people to savage its women, that no country has a gender to waste. 
These foreign policy positions are pro-woman, pro-life, and laudable.  Unfortunately, Clinton's legacy is sullied by her consistent abortion advocacy, which not only destroys the human rights of unborn children but is detrimental to the health of women in developing nations.  This mixed record is troubling, but not at all surprising, given Clinton's political allegiance to the abortion movement.

Interestingly, there is no mention of abortion whatsoever in the article, despite the fact that Oregon is generally thought of as a pro-choice state.  Evidently, the Oregonian recognizes that Clinton's encouragement of the spread of abortion should not be listed among her feminist accomplishments.

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