2016 throwdown

Jeb Bush blasts Hillary Clinton for remarks at Women in the World Summit

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Jabin Botsford/The New York Times

Hillary Clinton stirred the Women in the World crowd on Thursday with a speech declaring her belief that “the advancement and the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.” Not everyone was excited with her words, though, and Jeb Bush went so far as to take aim at Clinton in emails to his supporter network before meeting with top donors of his Super PAC in Miami Beach. So what exactly did she say that was so divisive? A presumed attack on religious liberty. In her speech, Hillary talked about the challenges facing women across the globe, as women everywhere still face sexual and domestic violence, too few legal protections and too little access to health care — particularly when it comes to reproductive health and safe childbirth. “All the laws we passed don’t count for much if they are not enforced,” Clinton said. “Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will, and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” Bush interpreted those remarks as an attack on religious liberty in the United States, writing his supporters: “This week Hillary Clinton said that people’s deep-seated religious beliefs need to be changed in order to advance her own personal political agenda. Wow (…) America was founded on religious freedom, and that freedom is woven into the Bill of Rights as the first guarantee. And strengthening families is an important element to helping people rise up. This shouldn’t be a partisan political issue, but unfortunately for Hillary Clinton it sounds like it is.” As Hillary concluded on Thursday: there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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