From the Archives: Hillary Clinton Delivers Women's Rights Speech in Beijing

On Sept. 5, 1995, ABC News' Ann Compton reports on the First Lady's trailblazing speech to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China.
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Transcript for From the Archives: Hillary Clinton Delivers Women's Rights Speech in Beijing
I mean this kind if Hillary Clinton ignored critics who aren't you. Human rights abuses here are so bad that the US should not send a delegation much less the wife of the president. But mr. Clinton delivered a surprisingly forceful attack on China. Without mentioning the conference post by name. He condemned a long list of abuses known to occur in China from forced abortion to violent against women and girls. It is a violation. Of human rights. When babies are denied food or drowned or suffocated or their spines broken. Simply because they are born girls. The First Lady went on this Friday indefensible. Kind of harassment of delegates at while road this kind of thing you nongovernment conference held thirty miles away. Let me be clear. Freedom means the right of people to assemble organize and debate openly. It means not taking citizens away from their loved ones and jailing them mistreating them or denying them. Their freedom or dignity because of the peaceful expression. Of their ideas and opinions. If the Chinese were upset by mrs. Clinton's attacks they never said so in fact. They ignored her visit in their news accounts of today. There was obvious enthusiasm. For mrs. Clinton for many of the delicate. For the First Lady be a very marked a dramatic shift. He has waited through plenty of domestic controversy but he has never taken such a bold step into international controversy. In this case the troubled US relations with China. And Compton ABC news making.

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