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What Happens When Hillary Clinton Talks Reproductive Health on the Trail

How a quote about declining maternal mortality rates around the world turned into a story about abortion in the U.S.
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Who knew talking about maternal mortality rates could be so controversial?

During Hillary Clinton’s keynote address at Thursday’s Women In the World conference, the presidential candidate said that despite a drop in the rates of death during childbirth, women still don’t have access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth,” and that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to achieve the full advancement of women. By Friday, The Hill and conservative sites Hot Air, The National Review, The Daily Caller (twice) and Life News reported that she was arguing that people, including in the United States, need to change their religious views on abortion.