Each election year, Population Connection Action Fund publishes a voter guide that tracks how each member of the House of Representatives and the Senate voted on key population-related issues over the least year. We hope you’ll arm yourself with this information when you head to the polls, and share it with others interested in family planning issues.
The 2016 election feels particularly consequential, given the amount of media coverage the top of the ticket has generated. We’re proud to endorse former First Lady, NY Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President of the United States this year. She has long been a tireless champion for the rights of women, and therefore represents the best chance to improve the status of women everywhere.
As important as the Presidential race is, down-ballot races too are vitally important to ensuring that legislation focused on guaranteed global access to contraceptives moves forward. We hope you’ll consult our House and Senate endorsements page to see who we recommend in their respective races, as well as this year’s Congressional Report Card to learn more about your own legislators’ positions on family planning issues.
Population Connection Action Fund, the political arm of Population Connection and America’s population movement, announced today its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America.
“Population Connection Action Fund is proud to endorse Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States,” said John Seager, President of Population Connection Action Fund. “Throughout her time in public life, there has been no more dedicated leader and advocate consistently working to expand women’s rights in the U.S. and abroad.”
As First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton led a U.S. delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and declared that “women’s rights are human rights” to a gathering of government leaders. She later pushed for follow through to the groundbreaking commitment to expand access to family planning and reproductive health care agreed to by 180 countries at the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994.
As a senator from New York, Clinton introduced multiple bills to defend and expand access to reproductive health services and contraceptives. She sponsored a bill to restore U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after it was eliminated by President Bush. She successfully blocked an effort by opponents of reproductive rights to legally define IUDs as abortion. And she waged a successful multi-year battle to pass the law that allows emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter.
As Secretary of State, Clinton has been a vocal champion of comprehensive efforts to raise the status of women and expand reproductive health care. She spoke out, forcefully, about the urgent need for safe abortion to be included in comprehensive reproductive health care. She created the State Department Office of Global Women’s Issues to elevate the needs of women to the top levels of American diplomacy. She worked tirelessly to call attention to and end the use of rape as a weapon of war. And she worked to ensure that women, and their needs, were included in peace processes around the world.
As a candidate for President of the United States, Clinton has pledged to fight for the repeal of the Helms Amendment – a 43-year-old law that prevents the use of foreign assistance dollars from being used to provide abortion “as a method of family planning” but has been imposed as an outright ban on abortion care under any circumstance. She has also committed to taking administrative action to ensure that – short of repeal – the law is enforced properly by allowing for abortions under circumstances that are clearly not “family planning.” She has also promised to fight for repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for low-income American women who need safe, legal abortions.
Hillary Clinton offers the best chance to improve the status of women, promote and expand reproductive freedom around the world, and make progress against the most critical challenges facing all of us.
We are proud and honored to say, “We’re with her.”