In Karen D'Agostino's letter to the Baltimore Sun on Saturday, ("Questions for the pro-abortion Clinton," Nov. 5) she asks Hillary Clinton a few questions in relation to women's rights. What is Planned Parenthood's role under Obamacare? Under Obamacare free sexual and reproductive health services are provided, but millions of women fall in the Medicaid gap in states that didn't expand Medicaid. Those women who live in those unfortunate states rely on Planned Parenthood for sexual and reproductive health services. Planned Parenthood gives millions of low income men and women in non-expansive states somewhere to turn for reproductive health services, education and information. Even people with Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage need a place to get those types of services. Interestingly, only 3 percent of all Planned Parenthood services are abortion services.
Hillary Clinton does believe that women should have reproductive choice, and in 1995 when she attended a women's conference in Beijing, China she gave a very strong and powerful speech in which she denounced China's one-child policy, which led to forced abortions and forced sterilizations. The conference was packed, and a crowd of at least 1,500 stood outside to hear Ms. Clinton's courageous speech regarding the rights of women around the globe, including China!
Lastly, Hillary Clinton has never told American women that they need to kill their unborn children in order to succeed. She has been fighting for women, children and families her entire career! She has fought for closing the pay gap between men and women, providing paid leave to care for a sick family member, providing quality, affordable child care for men and women, increasing the minimum wage for women who make up two-thirds of all minimum wage workers, confronting violence against women on college campuses, as well as promoting women's rights around the globe!
Hillary Clinton is the candidate who as president will fight for all women, as opposed to the Republican candidate who has referred to women as pigs and sex objects, feels that because he is famous can have his way with women and has stated that he especially likes to have sex with young and even emotionally vulnerable women.
I also believe that American women can make their own choices and that by making informed decisions, those choices will be good for themselves, their children, and the nation.
Bonnie Schneider, Baltimore