Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina voiced her support for over-the-counter birth control in a speech in Washington on Thursday.
"It is time for over-the-counter birth control, which will drive down prices and increase availability," Fiorina said.
The crowd of nearly 700 people reportedly stood and applauded Fiorina after her statement.
It is the first time Fiorina has shown support for over-the-counter birth control, The Hill reports.
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Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, also called for a change in how feminism is defined.
“It’s been 95 years since women got the right to vote. Fifty years since 'The Feminine Mystique.' Sixteen years since I was named the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company,” Fiorina said. “[Liberals’] version of feminism isn’t working. It’s time for a new definition.
“Feminism began as a rallying cry to empower women — to vote, to get an education, to enter the workplace. But over the years, feminism has devolved into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections,” Fiorina added. “Being empowered means having a voice. But ideological feminism shuts down conversation — on college campuses and in the media.“
Fiorina’s speech made strides to remove the potential Republican candidate from being a part of what Democrats refer to as her the GOP's “war on women."
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“A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses. We will have arrived when every woman can decide for herself how to best find and use her God-given gifts. A woman may choose to have five children and home-school them. She may choose to become a CEO or to become a candidate,” Fiorina said. “I am a conservative because I know we are all equal in the eyes of God – men and women. Our principles work better to lift men and women up.”
As Fiorina calls for a new definition of feminism and over-the-counter birth control, she still has a stance on other women’s rights that remain at odds with many female voters, and that are very different than those of Hillary Clinton, the female Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State.
Fiorina is opposed to equal pay legislation, as well as requiring paid maternity leave, MSNBC reports. In terms of abortion, she opposes it except in instances of rape, incest or to save a woman’s life. She has also supported legislation that would require a woman to fill out a police report before receiving an abortion.
Supporting over-the-counter birth control is how Fiorina gets around her abortion stance.
“While the Left fights to protect late term abortions and sues the Little Sisters of the Poor to enforce Obamacare mandates, they oppose over-the-counter birth control,” Fiorina said.
Democrats have opposed the GOP's attempts to push over-the-counter birth control, because they fear it will lead to women having to pay for contraception again. Currently, contraception is free under Obamacare, MSNBC repots.