Speaking at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit on Thursday, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to protect women's access to "reproductive health care and safe childbirth.”
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. 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.
"As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States," Clinton said.