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PRESS Pass: Ashley Judd

Actress and Obama supporter Ashley Judd believes that if Republicans continue to do “dumb things” about women’s reproductive health, they will energize female voters to help re-elect the president in the fall.

"It’s remarkable to me that I would be having conversations with my peers and the younger cohort about access to reproductive health," Judd said. "That’s the same conversation I have with girls and women in Bangladesh."

Judd admitted she became somewhat disenchanted with the president during his early days of his presidency for what she once called "transactional leadership." She maintains, however, that she is "fired up" for the 2012 election and defended President Obama's record saying he, "came in inheriting an extraordinary mess and did his absolute best to do triage."

She later added that now, "he is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be."

Judd is in Washington to speak on global women’s rights for the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW) “Champions for Change” gala. The group has focused on curbing international child marriage by educating women around the world in skills like communications, negotiating in the household, and financial literacy.

She argues that the human element is most important when bringing attention to any issue and that Judd's fame allows her to "give a name and face to the narrative."

You can watch the entire PRESS Pass with Ashley Judd above to hear more of their discussion, including the issue of body image and some of the headlines she's made recently about it.