Clinton: 'Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs...Have to Be Changed'

By Susan Jones | April 27, 2015 | 10:24am EDT

illary Rodham Clinton speaks during the sixth annual Women in the World Summit, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

( -  Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says women won't have full access to "reproductive health care" until "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases" are changed.

She urged every woman to be a "champion for change" in the world around them.

Clinton made the remarks last Thursday at the 2015 "Women in the World Summit," a three-day gathering in New York that examined the "struggles and triumphs of women and girls around the globe."

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth," Clinton said. "All the laws we've passed 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,” Clinton added -- to applause.

"Reproductive health care" is the phrase liberals use when they're talking about abortion and birth control.

Elsewhere in that same speech, Clinton argued that "there has never been a better time in history to be born female."

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