Hillary Clinton likens US to Afghanistan, Sudan for maternal healthcare

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a press preview of an art installation entitled “Eyes on Iran” in New York, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. The large eye behind Clinton, as well as other works of art, are displayed at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park and speaks to the current protests happening in Iran. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Seth Wenig/AP

Hillary Clinton likens US to Afghanistan, Sudan for maternal healthcare

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the rising mortality rate for pregnant women in the United States while comparing the country to Sudan and Afghanistan.

Clinton put the blame for mortality rates rising in the U.S. on states that have “draconian” measures with “reproductive healthcare” while speaking at the Women’s Voices Summit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Friday.

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“Some of the most harsh, draconian measures against reproductive healthcare are in states that don’t provide healthcare to pregnant women,” Clinton said.

Several states enacted stricter restrictions on abortions after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in the decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“It’s so shocking to think that in any way we’re related to poor Afghanistan and Sudan,” Clinton said. “But as an advanced economy as we allegedly are, on this measure, we unfortunately are rightly put with them.”

Afghanistan and Sudan both have strict restrictions on abortions, with both allowing it when the mother’s life is in danger. Sudan also allows abortions to be performed when a woman is raped.

Clinton also invoked tennis superstar Serena Williams when discussing maternal mortality in the U.S.

“One of the stories ingrained in my mind is that often black women, even women of education and affluence like Serena Williams, come close to dying when she gives birth because people are not paying attention to her,” Clinton said.

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Other topics discussed by the former first lady included alleged threats to democracy, and she said the midterm election was a “small step” in pushing back at the danger of losing democracy.

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