"I understand that the abortion debate will continue," Mrs. Gates went on, "but conflating it with the consensus on so many of the things we need to do to keep women healthy is a mistake."
As Mrs. Gates reassesses what exactly women's health looks like, what a gift it would be if she led a rethinking of what constitutes good, basic health care. In "Hard Choices," Mrs. Clinton writes about the importance of seeing women throughout the world "not as victims to be saved but as partners to be embraced." One fundamental way to achieve this goal is to look at women's fertility not as a condition to be managed and pregnancy not as a disease to be prevented, but something that is at the core of her identity.
In "Hard Choices," there's a photo of Clinton at her daughter's wedding. She's radiant in her flowery gown as she and her husband beam with pride and joy. What a credential! She didn't need to be first lady, senator or secretary of state to be a leader. Embracing who we are as women and men, made uniquely and in a wondrously complementary way, is not a political position so much as an opportunity for a cultural reset. This family thing is quite renewing -- literally regenerative. Even with flaws and imperfections, it can bear quite tremendous fruits.
Promoting sadomasochistic primers for teens and "liberated women" isn't a healthy culture. Women leading the way to an embrace of life, now that's something that would be a bit like Hillary's fictional speech: uniting, welcome and much more than a baby step to positive change.
It might just save our political and cultural lives, never mind our souls.