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Hillary Clinton defends Planned Parenthood at Greenville stop

posted Feb 19, 2016, 7:33 AM by Ocdp Web

Source: Greenville Journal

During Hillary Clinton’s stop at Greenville Technical College Thursday, an audience member asked for Clinton’s thoughts on Planned Parenthood in light of the recent videos where organization officials talk about the sale of body parts.

“I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years,” Clinton said. “It’s really an attack against a woman’s right to choose.”

She said the organization provides “essential services” for women such as cancer screenings in addition to family planning services and hopes the situation does not undermine the services that the organization provides.

During her speech, the former secretary of state spoke about community colleges helping many workers get an education and good-paying job. “The community college so exemplifies the second-chance approach of America.”

She also advocated for universal pre-K to help education disadvantaged children.

Clinton talked about being involved in helping raise her grandchild and said, “I don’t think you should have to be the grandchild of a former president or secretary of state to believe you’re going to have a real shot at the American dream.”

Clinton spent time discussing changes to laws to help lower high incarceration numbers for minor offenses.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, recently apologized for a bill he signed in 1994 to increase prison sentences. He said the bill made incarcerations rates worse.

When asked by a reporter if she too would apologize for backing the law as first lady, Clinton said the country was facing different problems in the 1980s and ‘90s.

“There were steps taken at the federal level, the state level and the local level to try to address that—to try and stem criminal activity, to try to implement community policing so that would be a better way for the police and communities to work together,” she said, adding that she thinks those laws should now be reevaluated.

“It’s for us to say what have we learned and what do we do now,” Clinton said.

Clinton promised to return to Greenville if she wins the presidency.

Clinton made her promise during a Q&A forum following a speech at the college because said she appreciated the apprenticeship programs throughout the Palmetto State.

She last visited Greenville in 2008 during her failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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During Hillary Clinton's stop at Greenville Technical College Thursday, an audience member asked for Clinton's thoughts on Planned Parenthood in light of the recent videos where organization officials talk about the sale of body parts.

"I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years," Clinton said. "It's really an attack against a woman's right to choose."

She said the organization provides "essential services" for women such as cancer screenings in addition to family planning services and hopes the situation does not undermine the services that the organization provides.

During her speech, the former secretary of state spoke about community colleges helping many workers get an education and good-paying job. "The community college so exemplifies the second-chance approach of America."

She also advocated for universal pre-K to help educate disadvantaged children.

Clinton talked about being involved in helping raise her grandchild and said, "I don't think you should have to be the grandchild of a former president or secretary of state to believe you're going to have a real shot at the American dream."

Clinton spent time discussing changes to laws to help lower high incarceration numbers for minor offenses.

Her husband, for President Bill Clinton, recently apologized for a bill her signed in 1994 to increase prison sentences. He said the bill made incarcerations rates worse.

When asked by a reporter if she too would apologize for backing the law as first lady, Clinton said the country was facing different problems in the 1980s and '90s.

"There were steps taken at the federal level, the state level and the local level to try to address that-to try and stem criminal activity, to try to implement community policing so that would be a better way for the police and communities to work together," she said, adding that she thinks those laws should now be reevaluated.

It's for us to say what have we learned and what do we do now," Clinton said.

Clinton promised to return to Greenville if she wins the presidency.

Clinton made her promise during a Q&A forum following a speech at the college because said she appreciated the apprenticeship programs throughout the Palmetto State.

She last visited Greenville in 2008 during her failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.