Monday, April 27, 2009

In a voice of her own

I was so proud to see Hillary testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week. She was smart, articulate and never wavered in her testimony before a not-always-friendly audience, as some of the Republican Committee members took this as an opportunity to beat their pro-life drum about foreign aid for women’s health.

This video exchange with New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith makes me remember why I’m so proud to have voted for Hillary, and why I’m thrilled with having her voice as the leading voice on foreign affairs.

I would be remiss for not mentioning that a Nebraska Congressman was also schooled by the SOS. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry asked: "Is forcing U.S. taxpayers to fund abortion in keeping with the highest values of the United States of America?"

To which Hillary responded that she had a "fundamental disagreement" with the Nebraska Republican. She said it's the administration's view that family planning is an important part of women's health. And she said reproductive health includes access to abortion, which she said "should be safe, legal and rare."

Well done.

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