WEDNESDAY
August 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 155


NEWS for Wednesday, August 30, 2000
REPORT: HILLARY CLINTON TO PROMOTE ABORTION IN BRAZIL

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 29 (CWNews.com)

    The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo this week quoted US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as offering support to legalize abortion in Brazil if she is elected Senator.

    In an interview granted to the Sunday edition of Folha de Sao Paulo, Clinton said she is willing to join forces with feminist organizations in Brazil to legalize abortion, which with few exceptions, is illegal in the country.

    Clinton said that if she beats her Republican contender Rick Lazio in the race for a Senate seat representing New York state, "I can help Brazil to find its way to legalize abortion."

    Asked about her potential role as senator regarding US-Brazil relations, the First Lady said that "four years ago, when I visited Brazil, the Secretary of Health told me that wealthy women and teenagers always had abortions in good clinics, with the best doctors who where risking losing their licenses. But poor women do not have that same opportunity."

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