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countryces in the especially in governmental , health systems or the local health department is family planning on monday, infectious 's disease tuesday, the school nurse on wednesday, back, local health apartment on thursday because the local health department is doing everything. these are not networks offering five day access to contraception. when you wind up in a crisis in a governmental family planning system, sometimes delay is because we don't do family planning until next the notion monday. of trying to be ready every day for a patient who may come to the door says they have been traveling and are exposed and are worried. what do i do? so we can meet their needs immediately. that's what we have been doing without any extra money. i would love congress to stop the shell game over existing resources.
there is no way we can fill the gap in public health in the u.s. without coming to a reckoning about how much we have destroyed the public health infrastructure in the united states. it's not just family planning, it's also true for stds. we zika is a sexy transmitted infection. we lost 30% of the capacity and a sexually transmitted disease system in this country due to funding cuts over the last six years. this is not a battle ready public health infrastructure. it's unfortunate that it takes a crisis to draw attention. in the past, this country has been able to pull it together in crisis. this is a place where we have stopped dead in our not making progress in the face of a crisis. >> the other thing to highlight is it is more than just having providers and supplies to provide contraception.
that's based on the assumption that 100% of the women will want it. we have cultural aspects that we need to consider. to highlight puerto rico, the unplanned pregnancy rate is incredibly high but some of that is cultural. they just don't believe in contraception and some of it is religious background. we face some of the same issues in the mainland u.s. so it is critical that we get the importance of the education out that this is a public health crisis and contraception is not just a pregnancy prevention because of having sex. it's prevention because of this incredible illness that can where the unborn fetus. peace, certainly looking from our perspective we , have to educate our providers to get the word out and talk to their patients and work on the local communities but we've got to educate the patient's best what the risk really is and try to address some of these cultural and various
misperceptions about contraception and the dangers. we've got another battle to fight as well. >> it also comes home that notion of institutional racism in our society. when we talk about building trust people who are in the , community, whether they are an institution providing health care or are a community resource, this is a place where people go to trust. it's not going to be earned in a crisis. there is concern in puerto rico that they are being experimented on for prevention. if we are not honest about that -- if you not honest about that, if you don't go into that conversation saying we recognize there has to be a reckoning then there is no way we can engage patients appropriately to make the decisions based on the risk that are right for them and sensitive to their needs and respect their autonomy.
>> think about it also. to your point about education, think about women who think about these things on unwanted pregnancies. think about the ones that want pregnancies. it's impossible to believe that every woman is going to say, i will take off for a year when it is time for them to get pregnant. we have to get information and have to provide services and medical facilities for women who do want to have babies even in an endemic area with zika. we're we're just highlighting together that the public health infrastructure and the resources that go into this under zika have to be thought about there is no time for politics. serious. it's something we need to do soon and it should have been done before. >> to build on the public health infrastructure, sex education is is a huge component, that also recognizing that not everybody has the ability to access care
because there is a policy in place like undocumented individuals cannot purchase into obamacare. they also cannot purchase it along with the help of subsidies they can't have affordable health care. we have to look at all the components to make it battle ready. i would be remiss to say in terms of contraception and latinos, a lot of is not being able to get to a clinic. texas implemented hb2 partially and a lot of those clinics shut down. to drive to a clinic as far away and you have to take time off of work if you have a job to be able to do it. access to contraception is a huge component of white latinos -- why latinos don't have the ability to access care. i would argue that what we have known is that 96% of latinos who are catholic say they use contraception. we need to debunk the myth about
our community about why or why not we're using contraception. that is part of building this public health infrastructure so we can respond to emergencies in a timely way like sica. i will add, and we will deftly get to questions from the audience after this last point. the bella bond the point -- build upon the point of restrictions and policies that keep folks from accessing health services, a lot of the states, the cdc has estimated could see an uptick in zika related cases. those are states that have highly restrictive abortion laws. access to safe abortion should be a part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care for women in the situation. it' with that said, we will pass things over to the audience for questions. the floors open.
go ahead. >> my question is around the last point. it's about access to safe abortions particularly if zika cannot be diagnosed until the fourth month. in so many states, access is only for the first trimester. would you comment on that and also the issue globally? >> i can quickly talk about the fight for safe abortion continues. what happens here is we have been talking about these issues for a long time so whether it is zika or some other kind of issue that a woman has to have when she makes these decisions with her doctor, it is very clear that we have to ensure that
there is an availability of safe abortion for every woman and access to it and not her jumping through hurdles. now, weecially true could talk about texas which might be a good example. there is no clinics and you have their soon will be a situation where it's endemic there as well. what does a woman do? i go back to what planned parenthood has had for a long time -- we have to be in places where safe abortion is legal and provide access to the most marginalized women who cannot get it and overseas, i think it's exactly the same thing. we probably have a bigger conversation because in many of those countries if not most, it's illegal to have an abortion period and it has to be something very serious where the country allows it in certain circumstances of health and is
zika one of those? then you get into a policy question which many our partners are starting to look at now. >> i would add that all of the state policies focusing and attacking abortion, what is happening is limiting the full spectrum of comprehensive reproductive health care would also impacting access to care. your closing down clinics like texas. florida has passed a bill which has not been implemented but it would defund planned parenthood. that is a huge concern. you see the trickle impact and how it impacts people's ability to have full autonomy of their bodies and therefore cannot protect themselves when things like this happen. we see an onslaught of this. many of us are working on the forefront to fight these state-level laws that are negatively impacting women's care. >> right here.
the one in the back. >> had there. -- hello there. i feel very concerned for the young women in texas and their access to abortion. my question is to you, sir. as the position. procedures a medical and i would imagine between a psychiatrist and an obstetrician, if a woman's fetus is claimed to have, if evidence indicates microcephaly, certainly in abortion would be medically necessary if not for the emotional health of the family, etc., do you follow? . it's a difficult question. is a difficult predicament.
thank you for reading between -- and has beennd said, we certainly support as an organization as well as our providers for the raw range of -- for range of reproductive care available which includes abortion. part of the challenge has also been when a woman manifests these findings by ultrasound, it may be late in their pregnancy and there are clearly state laws that impact the upper limit when they can be done. that is a separate problem. your point, i don't think i would use the term medically necessary. the determination is it should be an option. there should be an informed and shared decision-making process between the patient and their provider. it's the patient that ultimately make that decision. i don't think there would be any clinician that would say it's medically necessary you terminate this pregnancy for
whatever reason. it could be a genetic abnormality or chromosomal or a congenital defect or even a and -- a lethal defect after birth. we don't tell patients that are going to die after they are born. as quit a patient's decision. there are women who want to know so they can prepare to take care of an infected infant. there are women who choose to terminate. it is the patient's choice after a fully informed decision making process. and time for her to process that and talk with family and her support system to make that decision. >> we have time for one more question back here. thank you so much. one of the questions i wanted to ask is about making sure women have the information they need.
supporteri'm a strong of women having access to contraception. my question is more of a technical one. the cdc has been putting out guidelines for women who are exposed or testing positive for zika. when they might give information about potential problems for the fetus. initially they had been saying 28 to 30 weeks is when they might be able to detect. some information that it might be sooner. i was wondering if you could comment on the state of the research, when women are getting information. biters, is it a training issue? or is it really just dependent on individual pregnancy. >> the unfortunate thing, this goes back to what i said earlier, there are far more in
unknown been known. there is no answer to question. even in those patients, the little did out there, presumably infected during the first trimester. when it is manifested in the fetus, it is a wide range. there is one case report where, i forget the exact timing, it was roughly around 19 weeks and all caps on was normal and three weeks later the fetus was infected. we don't have the ability to counsel women that even if she tested positive to say, first of all, your likelihood of developing the microcephaly is this, secondly, even if that were to happen, how long it might take to develop. unfortunately difficult.
>> and the access to care. the stage of pregnancy for many of us have gone to this where you are not getting regular ultrasounds. the knot indicated that bested the pregnancy. you are talking ahead to access resources much more often. though the difficult even insurance context because insurance has limits how often and the expectations. in these situations, we are going to be scrambling to figure , how does get access it get paid for etc.. i'm qualified to speak to that part of this consideration. regardless of how much money you have, you will be in the situation were known can really tell you how often testing will be required and i think that is also what we have to bear in mind. --internationally,
>> even in the context of florida, there are new guidelines asking women to get tested for sycamore often throughout their pregnant too. insurance coverage has also been an issue, even in that context. we will continue to talk about this issue and i thank everyone for being here today. this was such a good panel and conversation. i also want to thank dr. mullen. and dr. berger gave opening remarks. cap will continue to work on this issue and think of new analysis, especially around the house -- how zika will disproportionately impacts low income communities. thank you all for being here. [applause]
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national urban league covers in baltimore today. he was introduced by the late president and ceo mark l'oreal and said donald trump decided not to attend the conference. this is about 45 minutes. >> let me ask you to proceed to your seats. thank you very much. give yourself a big round of applause. [applause] good morning. prepare fors, as we our presidential pottery -- event, let me offer a few important thoughts. ofhas been their tradition the national urban league as a
501(c)(3) tax exempt organization to extend ofitations to the candidates the two major political parties in the united states to be a part of our presidential planning which is taking place every year at her annual conference. i think it will be held for everyone to recall certainly that going all the way back to 2003, the year before the 2004 election, the national early presidential primary event at which a number of democratic candidates and even incumbent president george bush attended and participated.
2004, when the nominees were john kerry and george w. bush, both of them joined us in detroit michigan and addressed the conference at the urban league conference. met in st. louis, the year before the 2008 election, we extended an invitation to each and every announced candidate about the democratic and republican nomination. we were joined at that memorable of democraticer candidates including senator barack obama and we were also joined come he passed by but he said hi, by republican candidate mike huckabee. moving forward in 2008, we were
pleased only met in orlando pleased that we were joined by both senator barack obama and senator john mccain for our presidential event. year of the last presidential election we extended invitations to both president obama as well as governor mitt romney and governor mitt romney declined but president obama joined us in new orleans. in fortr when we met lauderdale and had a great event and wonderful meeting in south florida, it was him with as hot as it is in baltimore, we had a grand time. we were joined by five
candidates and those five candidates included three democrats and two republicans. with our, consistent effort to extend invitations to the candidates of both major parties, we extended an invitation to both the hillary clinton campaign and the donald trump campaign. attend or send an appropriate high-level representative. i want all of you to know today that billy clinton campaign accepted our invitation and has sent its buys presidential nominee senator tim kaine to be with us and i'll introduce him in a minute. the donald trump campaign, we corresponded with and spoke to on a number of occasions
declined our invitation to be here this morning. media each of you in the to have that very important history of how we have proceeded and what we have done this year is consistent with what we have tried to you over the years -- to do over the years to provide an opportunity for people to come and speak to urban leaguers from all across the nation. oure gather, we gather with main street marshall plan in mind. we gather under the theme of saving our city's education, jobs, and justice. we gather for a serious and sobering conversation about the challenges that we face as a nation. before introducing senator kaine, we are joined this
morning by a number of elected officials from the state of maryland. if any are in the audience, let me ask if they would stand so we can probably -- properly recognized them. please stand. [applause] representative elijah cummings. [applause] a great leader from baltimore and the state of maryland. thank you very much. onto tim kaine. some of you may not have known a lot about tim kaine prior to his election as hillary clinton's running mate. secret, and close and open circles that he is absolutely a man of integrity. he has helped people throughout his life. he's been a missionary, a civil teacher, aer, a silly -- city councilmember, a
mayor, lieutenant governor, the governor, and now the united states senator. is one of only 30 people in american history to serve as mayor, governor, and united state senator. senate as ahe can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across lines of party, race, region and gender. in the senate he is on the armed services committee. the budget committee, the foreign relations committee and the aging committee. he is a ranking member on the armed services readiness committee and foreign relations subcommittee on state department and u.s. id management. an international operations in bilateral international development. that is a long title. i can attest, is an important committee.
a man of great accompaniments and commitment to service the is no wonder that he is so well received by most to meet him. -- who meet him. he grew up in his father's iron working shop in kansas city. he attended and was educated at the university of missouri and harvard law school and started his public service career by taking a year off from harvard to grenade -- run eight technical school founded by desolate missionaries in honduras. he practiced law school and -- law in richmond specializing in the representation of people denied housing due to their race or disability. he also began teaching part-time at the university of richmond in 1987. first elected to office in 1994 as a city councilmember and then mayor of richmond.
as i have said, he went on to become lieutenant governor, governor and now serves in the united states senate. he is a married man. mary to be very accomplished and secretary serves as of education for the state of virginia and they have three adult children. urban leaders, are you ready. ? [applause] let's hear what senator tim kaine has to say. leaguereet with an urban welcome, senator tim kaine. [applause] ♪ sen. kaine: good morning baltimore. what a treat.
want to start with a set of thanks and i get to the important business of the day. i'm thrilled to be in baltimore r. a richmonde i consider both a neighboring city and i always love coming. i want to thank mark, your president. he is a dear friend because mark was a marissa mayer. mayor.r's i met him when he was a present of the u.s. conference of mayors. that is an important position. when the mayors of the country to stone to be the president, that is a sign of unique honor and that is how mark and i met. we both had a little more hair and it was a little less gray but his role as president of the urban league is so important. she did a great job for the people of new orleans which is why they elected him as many times as they could and now he is here to his great work. i would do think a tear of the national board of directors who is also a longtime friend.
organizations like this cannot be successful without dedicated towards. -- boards. finally, i was greeted by three wonderful maryland public servants as i walked in the door. amebody who justice such leader in the united states senate, senator barbara mikulski. i learned so much from her. please give her a round of applause. [applause] to a tremendously effective congressman who itemized from a far from the other side of the potomac and now i had the pleasure to work with him that i'm in the senate, cognition elijah cummings. [applause] glad to be here in the city. finally, as a former mayor, i'm glad to have your mayor, stephanie rawlings blake here. as a fantastic job secretary of the democratic national convention last week. [applause] it is an honor today to be here with the urban league.
the issues that are close to your heart are also close to mine. i got my start in politics in richmond city council. as your president you described, i was a city councilmember and then mayor and a lieutenant governor and governor and national party chair and senator. i have a hard time keeping a job. [laughter] the research is right. only 29 people in the history of the united states have been a mayor, governor, and unite state senator. i was surprised when i first learned that and i thought back, being married is so hard and you make so many people so mad that often the mayor is the last job you'll hold. mayor's jobs are currently important and obvious he knows that more than the urban league. i only say that the most bible lessons i learned in college -- politics and if i'm good at anything, it is because of the lessons i learned in local government. that is where you are closest to
people's lives, closest and you can see how your choices directly impact communities like which schools you decide to renovate or where you build new ones, what neighborhoods you direct your investment towards, what policing and law enforcement philosophy do you adopt. these are the decisions that local leaders made. just like the urban league stride to do in local government, empower people and communities. i will begin by saying thank you . thank you for fighting for a long overdue reforms to the criminal justice system. thank you for helping people get good jobs and better education. thank you for those missions in your chapters all across this country. mayor of richmond we had an urban league affiliate with work hard with us on summer jobs programs. they knew that a job for a young person, a summer job could change the trajectory of somebody's life. especially if that young person
may be had and felt like something he was paying attention to them or believing them. that is what i saw in richmond. the impact up close. i want you to know that if hillary and i win this november, he will have not one but two people in the white house to understand the unique set of challenges facing american cities and we are committed to working together if you to solve them. [applause] i am an unabashed believer in the power of our cities. they are cute sources of national strength -- huge sources of national strength. to thrive they must have a partner in washington on writ infrastructure, housing, environmental issues, jobs and so much else. i know it firsthand. find ase our cities will partner in a clinton-kaine administration. likely to ask me to be the running mate 12 days and 10 hours ago.
who's counting? [laughter] she called me and asked me to join the ticket. it is still pretty new. as i have become part of the ticket, i'm grappling with the notion that one state in this country, the common with the virginia as they run well in part of what i need to do is introduce myself to the people of the other 49 states. hillary and i took a bus tour with my wife who was the secretary of education who just up down to campaign full-time and with president clinton, the four bus across pennsylvania and ohio last week. fantastic convention. were any of you out there convention? [applause] philadelphia really showed off well. we were in pennsylvania and ohio. this week i have been in florida, north carolina before coming to baltimore. i will be in wisconsin and michigan tomorrow. we are not wasting a single minute because it is now 97 days
until election day and we caps on much to do. the stakes in this election are too high for to many people and you know that better than anybody. i've had the chance to work with some of you before and am grateful for that. , alexay longtime friend herman a great virginia and friend and i can sort of name said. for those of you who i've not worked with sus to tell you a bit about who i am, and what i care about. and who i will be fighting for every day. you heard a little bit from mark but i will go through to. i grew up in kansas city. any kansas or missouri folks? we do. right in the center. the midwestern part of the audience. the heartland of the audience. didew up in a family that not care about politics. they can about service, treating people right. my dad ran a i working shop.
iron shop.g shop -- he told us that the welders who, through school and it would be my business school that would put my workers kids through school. we believe to ensure prosperity. it was not a battle between management and labor. it was a partnership. my dad and mom, their life and healthy at age 81. they are why i believe so deeply in standing for partnership with workers and labor today. my faith was always important to me because the way i was raised. i would trade -- i went to a jesuit high school. you know how seriously they take service. our high schools motto, a boy school, men for others. you measured your life by what you could do for others. i knew right away under the influence of these great leaders that that is what i wanted to
do. i wanted to grow up to be a man for others. someone who would fight for social justice and watch out for people who may be did not have others watching out for them. that is one thing to say, but i had to figure out how to do. it took me a while. i would to mazuma for undergrad. to mizzou forent undergrad and harvard law school . then i took a year off to go to honduras. it was a transformative experience for me. it exposed me to what a lot of the world is like. not just a poverty unfamiliar with, but it was a military dictatorship. people could not vote. people cannot participate. nged for a day when they could participate. then i can country where so many of us kind of took it for granted. andn back to law school integrated stroke of luck, i bet my wonderful wife.
we have been living in her hometown and married for 32 years. to go to the very truth we were married in 32 years ago. -- we still go to the very same church we went to get married. [applause] family is very into politics. her mother was the republican governor of virginia committed the decision to desegregate virginia schools. [applause] hadprevious governors thought to maintain segregation, even 15 years after brown the board.all kind of tricks are being played to maintain school segregation. bene decided we wanted to an aristocracy merit. he integrated schools and he and his wife, the first lady my mother in law .1 step further and do not make euro for other kids, they sent their own kids to the newly integrated public schools in the heart of the city of richmond.
[applause] that sent a strong signal to the people of virginia that the governor was back to back down. not that the leaders had just pastorals for others, but had to pass rules and be willing to live by them and be happy. there is a front-page big on the near times where the governor is escorted his daughter into what a previously been a single race all african american school. a big smile on his face. there were many front-page photos of southern governors standing in the schoolhouse come out forg kids is a welcome there's only one governor with a smile on his face escorting his children into integrated schools. i'm proud to say that many years later we sent our three kids to the same richmond public school that the grandfather had opened to everybody 40's before. [applause] -- 40 years before. [applause] as a young lawyer i made my focus civil rights. i first i was a young
african-american woman. she was just about my age. i was 26. she was just starting her career after finishing school. she's on advertising for an apartment -- saw an ad for an apartment. but like it matched what she wanted and she set up an appointment to visit. she went on her lunch hour to the apartment. soon as the landlord saw her face, he said i'm sorry, the apartment has just been rented. with at back to work sick feeling in her some and she asked a white collie to ask about the apartment and the landlord was lovey-dovey and the apartment was still available. lorraine came to me and i found my first lawsuit, a federal fair housing action against the owner. [applause] with the testimony of her coworkers, that case was a slamdunk but because i had done one case, suddenly i was now the very house an in the entire
virginia state bar. for the next 17 years i worked to bring dozens of suits against banks, landlords, real estate firms, insurance companies and even local governments that had treated people unfairly and housing. that eight, i represented a group of families challenging redlining and the homeowners insurance industry. when i tried that case in the city of richmond, in 1998i won the largest jury verdict and civil rights case in american history. it took me six years to get to that point, we were battling. clinton'sillary story. you did some things similar pitchers working at the tilde legal defense fund going undercover to expose racial segregation in the alabama schools. i got a paint a contrast, hillary's opponent, our opponent was taking a different path. here is what he was doing. around the time i father was
and part of the resolution of the suit also involve the urban league, the urban league had the ability to recommend tenants at all of these properties freight time of two years once the case was settled. the urban league was working on this in new york and elsewhere and has been forever. i'm battling it in virginia. it was exactly the kind of housing determination that i made the heart of my legal career. this is real personal to me. i could have stayed in the civil rights field for my whole life and i really thought i was. i was in a political person. i found myself go to soak council meetings. -- city council meeting. i heard senator mikulski told her stories about city council meetings. raising some of the issues i was doing with every day. like a lot of great cities, richmond has a lot to offer. we also have a lot of challenges and problems. we are city with a history. we are city with some scar tissue.
i've seen extreme poverty in honduras. some of the parts of richmond were not that far off. i've seen inadequate medical care. some of the parts of richmond and parts of our nation are not that far off. too many of our schools were dilapidated. too many schools dated back to the 1880's and the building did not send a message that community that education was that important. which students were sent to the oldest and most broken down school. poor kids, black kids come other minority kids. it felt like if you want me to the school, if ellison had quite the -- felt like someone had quietly decided that these kids deserve less. the same poll that maybe be a civil rights leader got me to public office. part of my community to see if i could make a difference and not wait around for something else to tackle these issues. i read my first race. for city council. it was something i never thought
i would do. i knocked on every door in my district and i won my first race over a popular incumbent by 94 votes. [applause] after two terms i ran for mayor. i will be honest, my running for mayor was a little bit odd. about 60% minority. i will be honest, a painful part of my city. my city was formed in the 1780's. it was majority it white. period, the200 year white majority never let an african-american be mayor. become majority african-american in just a few years after that, with a history of treating african-americans with indifference at best, hostility and content that worst, i decided as i was a method to my counsel that i wanted to put myself forward to be mayor.
at the african american community do something for me was the caucasian comedienne of the most to do for an african american in hundreds of years. just me on my record, let me do my job. i think i would be a good mayor. i would let my mentors, henry marsh. legendary civil rights lawyer. part of a law firm that brought one of the companion cases to brown the board. he was elected the first african mayor in richmond. henry and i had been friends since i moved to richmond. he asked me, looking good in the face if i would work my heart out for everybody in the city i told him i would. then he said, look, go ahead and run. you will run with my blessing. as long as you never forget who you are working for and never forget the privileges that major success possible. and you never forget that we are extending you an opportunity that nobody ever extended us. you remember those things. i ran, i won, i was a two-