She delivered a major call-to-action about women's rights in this election

By Macaela Mackenzie
Updated: July 27, 2016

The Democratic National Convention is already shattering stereotypes and glass ceilings for women. Last night, Hilary Clinton officially became the first woman to be the presidential nominee for a major party. This election is going to be huge for women's rights and especially women's health issues. (Related: More Women Are Googling DIY Abortions)

Speaking at the convention last night Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, delivered a killer message about the impact each vote will have on issues like reproductive rights.

"As first lady, Hillary [Clinton] declared to the world that, 'women's rights are human rights,'" Richards said. "She worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the Children's Health Insurance Program, which now covers 8 million kids. As Secretary of State, she was a champion for women and girls around the globe. And she will always stand up for Roe v. Wade and the right of every woman to access a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, no matter her economic status."

In her speech last night, Richards also underscored the role of Planned Parenthood in providing life-saving treatment to women beyond abortions and contraception. She talked about one woman in particular, Dayna Farris Fisher, a Texas mom diagnosed with breast cancer who received treatment from Planned Parenthood. "When Donald Trump and Mike Pence say they'll defund Planned Parenthood, they're talking about cutting women like Dayna off from lifesaving care," she said. "Make no mistake about it, women's health and rights are on the line and on the ballot in this election."

For her impressive track record fighting for women's reproductive rights and access to healthcare, Planned Parenthood officially endorsed Clinton in January.

See Richards' full speech in the video below.



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