Women’s groups silent on Bill Clinton, Harris co-hosting women’s empowerment event

Women’s groups silent on Bill Clinton, Harris co-hosting women’s empowerment event
Bill Clinton, Juanita Broaddrick (Images: YouTube screen grab)

By Mary Margaret Olohan

Women’s groups that backed sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are silent following news that former President Bill Clinton will co-host an event on women’s empowerment with Vice President Kamala Harris, despite allegations of sexual assault and rape against the former president.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to a number of prominent women’s groups regarding the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event, including Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, the Women’s March, Time’s Up Now, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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None of these organizations have spoken out against Clinton’s upcoming appearance, though they clamored to support Christine Blasey Ford in September 2018 when she accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

These organizations did not respond to repeated requests for comment from the DCNF on Wednesday. Most of the organizations also remained silent when President Joe Biden and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced sexual misconduct allegations. (RELATED: #METOO ‘Never Acknowledged We Exist’: Clinton Accusers Condemn Harris, Clinton Co-Hosting Women’s Empowerment Event)

Clinton has been accused of sexually harassing Paula Jones, of raping Juanita Broaddrick, of sexually assaulting Kathleen Willey, and of repeatedly sexually assaulting Leslie Millwee. The former president, who has denied all of these allegations, also faced suspicions about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in jail in 2019 from apparent suicide.

Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards previously declined to criticize Clinton for a 2016 interview with TIME magazine as she discussed her endorsement of then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: ‘You Better Get Some Ice For That’: Here’s What To Know About Bill Clinton And #METOO Allegations)

“It’s really not the focus of this event today. It’s a political campaign, I’m sure there’s going to be all kinds of mud everywhere,” Richards told TIME in 2016. “But to me, reason we’re endorsing her today — the reason why hundreds of people across this country got together — is because Hillary Clinton is a longstanding champion of women’s health and women’s rights and not just planned parenthood: equal pay, access to birth control, access to safe and legal abortion.”

The women’s and abortion advocacy group Emily’s List has a page on its website dedicated to Clinton, praising him for working “to ensure that women had a seat at the table as they never had before, appointing women to top spots and seeking their input in major policy decisions” and highlighting Clinton’s praise for Emily’s List founder Ellen Malcolm.

Emily’s List also had Clinton deliver the keynote address at its 2016 annual gala and awards dinner.

Neither Clinton nor Harris responded to requests for comment from the DCNF.

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