South Dakota is the Taliban when it comes to women’s rights. So may be read remarks Hillary Clinton made yesterday comparing the United States to Afghanistan and Sudan:
“It’s so shocking to think that in any way we’re related to poor Afghanistan and Sudan,” she said Friday at the Women’s Voices Summit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. “But as an advanced economy as we allegedly are, on this measure, we unfortunately are rightly put with them.”
Sudan’s Islamist state bans abortion except for when a woman was raped or her life is in danger. Afghanistan’s Islamist state bans abortion except for when the mother’s life in danger [Patrick Hauf, “Hillary Clinton Says Overturning Roe v. Wade Puts US in Company of Afghanistan, Sudan,” Fox News, 2022.12.02].
On another topic, Soto said the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of the 38 developed countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It also is the only country other than Afghanistan and Sudan where the rate is rising.
Hillary Clinton said the rise is occurring largely in states that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Arkansas expanded Medicaid but has the nation’s highest maternal mortality rate.
She said some of the harshest restrictions against reproductive health care are in states that don’t provide health care to pregnant women. She said the higher rates are mostly related to income but also are related to race [Steve Brawner, “Hillary Clinton: Abortion Issued Inspired Young People to Vote,” Talk Business and Politics, 2022.12.02].