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Hillary Clinton lauds ‘brave women in Iran’ as she called on Americans to fight Roe v Wade decision 

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lauded the brave women in Iran fighting against the regime for their freedom during an awards ceremony last night.

The two-term senator of New York, 74, was honored, along with her daughter Chelsea Clinton, 41, at Variety’s Power of Women dinner, where the mother-daughter duo took to the stage to deliver a joint speech. 

Hillary also railed against the forces in the world at present that are working to roll back hard-earned rights around the globe – including in America – during Variety’s Power of Women dinner last night, where .

In her crosshairs were the Iranian regime, the Taliban and Vladimir Putin, as well as the decision to overturn 1973’s Roe vs Wade decision legalizing abortion across the USA. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea spoke of her ‘palpitating rage’ at the prospect of her daughter growing up with fewer rights than she had in light of the Supreme Court’s decision.

‘I could not stand up here tonight without also recognizing the brave women in Iran who are standing up for their rights, their freedom against a horrific regime who stays in power in large measure because they oppress women,’ Hillary Clinton said. 

Hillary Clinton at Variety’s Power of Women presented by Lifetime Wednesday night, where she lauded the brave women in Iran fighting against the regime for their freedom

Hillary Clinton, 74, took to the stage with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, 41, who were both honored at the event

Hillary Clinton, 74, took to the stage with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, 41, who were both honored at the event

The mother-daughter duopoly are in the midst of a promotional run for their TV show 'Gutsy', which had been adapted from the 2019 book they wrote together, 'Book of Gutsy Women'

The mother-daughter duopoly are in the midst of a promotional run for their TV show ‘Gutsy’, which had been adapted from the 2019 book they wrote together, ‘Book of Gutsy Women’

The death of Masha Amini, 22, in Iran at the hands of the oppressive morality police sparked worldwide protests

The death of Masha Amini, 22, in Iran at the hands of the oppressive morality police sparked worldwide protests

Women burn their headscarves in Kurdish-controlled north-east Syria. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have lauded women around the world who are fighting for their rights

Women burn their headscarves in Kurdish-controlled north-east Syria. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have lauded women around the world who are fighting for their rights

‘And I could not stand here without thinking about the women in Afghanistan who are being deprived of education, or the women on the front lines in Ukraine who are trying to defend their country against the barbarity of Putin’s invasion.’ 

‘It’s work in our own country to keep our progress going and not let the clock be turned back, and it’s also caring about the rest of the world,’ she said during her speech. 

Iran has been rocked by the largest widespread civil unrest since 2019 this month, after the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died while in custody of the regime’s morality police after they detained her for not wearing her hijab correctly.

The protests have reached every province in the country, and have seen women bravely discarding their hijabs in the face of regime security forces and even cutting their hair in the streets.

Chelsea, a global health advocate, vented her anger at the June decision to overturn the Roe versus Wade, permitting states to reintroduce abortion bans. 

‘I am full of palpitating rage as I look at my daughter and realize that she could have fewer rights than I had growing up in this country,’ she said. 

‘And I look at my sons and realize that they could, too, because while we’ve talked a lot about abortion tonight, it’s also the right to contraception. It’s the right to equal marriage. It’s the right to privacy. 

Ukrainian female soldiers seen before heading to the frontline as Ukrainian, in Lviv, on March 24

Ukrainian female soldiers seen before heading to the frontline as Ukrainian, in Lviv, on March 24

Taliban forces in Afghanistan today clashed with women shouting 'life, freedom' in support of Iranian protests over Masha Amini's death in morality police custody spread to Afghanistan. Pictured: The women protest outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul

Taliban forces in Afghanistan today clashed with women shouting ‘life, freedom’ in support of Iranian protests over Masha Amini’s death in morality police custody spread to Afghanistan. Pictured: The women protest outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul 

Powerful images taken in Afghanistan, pictured, show the woman holding banners high in the air while many bowed their heads, reflecting. The banners read 'Iran has risen, now it's our turn!' and 'From Kabul to Iran, say no to dictatorship!'

Powerful images taken in Afghanistan, pictured, show the woman holding banners high in the air while many bowed their heads, reflecting. The banners read ‘Iran has risen, now it’s our turn!’ and ‘From Kabul to Iran, say no to dictatorship!’

What is Roe v. Wade? 

In 1973, the United States Supreme Court recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion in Roe v. Wade. 

The landmark ruling legalized abortion nationwide but divided public opinion and has been under attack ever since. 

In June, the Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.

The decision handed back power to individual states to decide whether or not to permit the procedure. 

Now some states limit abortions after a certain number of weeks, while others have banned abortions altogether, even under extreme circumstances. 

Twelve states have implemented a total ban, including Texas, Missouri and Kentucky. 

Truly, everything that has enabled all of us to lead our lives is under threat. And while that is acutely and urgently true for women, it is not exclusively true for women.

‘This is an existential moment. We certainly need all of us to be gutsy, because I don’t want to go further back.’

The famous mother and daughter, along with Elizabeth Olsen, Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, and Malala Yousafzai, were the honorees at this year’s Power of Women event in Los Angeles.

The fiery speeches by the Clintons were by no means the only ones on the night, with Afghani Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for trying to attend school in 2012, calling out Hollywood’s lack of Muslin and Asian inclusion.

Closing her speech, Chelsea added, ‘We certainly hope that you will take up the call to tell more stories of choice, of privacy, of equal marriage and equal rights because we need you to help defend them, to protect them, to win them back. 

‘Because I know I’m not the only parent here. And I know I’m not the only one who’s enraged. And I also know I’m not the only one who’s optimistic.’

The Clintons are in the midst of a promotional run for their TV show ‘Gutsy’, which had been adapted from the 2019 book they wrote together, ‘Book of Gutsy Women’.  

It features interviews with luminaries from rap star Megan Thee Stallion to labor activist Dolores Huerta sharing their wisdom.

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