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Hillary Rodham Clinton, JD Biography

Former US Secretary of State
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"

“I’ve been in hospitals in Brazil where half the women were enthusiastically and joyfully greeting new babies and the other half were fighting for their lives against botched abortions. I’ve been in African countries where 12 and 13 year old girls are bearing children. I have been in Asian countries where the denial of family planning consigns women to lives of oppression and hardship. So we [pro-life supporters and pro-choice supporters] have a very fundamental disagreement and it is my strongly held view that you [pro-life supporters] are entitled to advocate, and everyone who agrees with you, should be free to do so anywhere in the world and so are we.

We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion, that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare.”

“New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration” (House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing),, Apr. 22, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 67th US Secretary of State, Jan. 21, 2009–Feb. 1, 2013
  • US Senator (D-NY), 2001-2009
  • Senate committee membership: Armed Services; Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Special Committee on Aging
  • Democratic Party presidential candidate, 2008
  • First Lady of the United States, 1993-2000
  • First Lady of Arkansas, 1979-1981, 1983-1992
  • Chair, Task Force on National Health Care Reform, 1993
  • Board Member, TCBY Yogurt Company, 1985-1992
  • Board Member, Wal-Mart, 1985-1992
  • Attorney, Rose Law Firm, 1976-1992
  • Faculty, University of Arkansas Law School, 1975-1976
  • Staff Member, House Judiciary Committee, 1974
  • Former Chair, American Bar Association’s Commission on Women
  • Co-Founder, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • Former President, Young Republicans, Wellesley College
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1973
  • BA, Political Science, Wellesley College, 1969
  • Graduated, Maine Township High School South, 1965
  • Member, Board of Directors, Clinton Foundation
  • Former Chairperson, Arkansas Educational Standards Committee
  • Former Board Member, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Legal Services Corporation, Children’s Defense Fund, Child Care Action Campaign, and Children’s Television Workshop
  • Recipient, Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Inspirational Leadership Award, 2006
  • Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Recipient, Reserve Officers Association National President’s Award, 2005
  • Recipient, Mother Theresa award from Albanian government (for work with Kosovar refugees), 1999
  • Recipient, United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize (Geneva, Switzerland), 1998
  • Married Bill Clinton (later the 42nd US president) on Oct. 11, 1975
  • Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Maine Township High School South, 1965
  • Born Hillary Diane Rodham in Chicago, IL on Oct. 26, 1947
  • Twitter handle: @HillaryClinton
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