HILLARY CLINTON: Part of the reason I was so adamant about including women and girls in our foreign policy, not as a luxury but as a central issue is because they're often the canaries in the mine. You watch women and girls being deprived of their rights, some of them never have them, some of them lose them. And among those rights is control over their bodies, control over their own health care, control over the size of their families.
And It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism. Where women and womenâ€™s bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people, men, to get them to, you know, behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but which prop up them because of their religion, their sect, their tribe, whatever.
So to introduce this element into our society -- look, we're always going to argue about abortion. It's a hard choice and it's controversial and that's why I'm pro-choice because I want people to make their own choices. And it is very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby, who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employerâ€™s health care plan because her employer doesnâ€™t think she should be using contraception. (Interview at Aspen Ideas Festival, June 30, 2014)