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Have you heard? Planned Parenthood Action Fund is hosting a membership forum with 20 presidential candidates this Saturday! We’ll be in Columbia, S.C., talking to candidates about their stances on issues most important to Planned Parenthood Action Fund members. 

Here are just a few of the topics Action Fund members are asking about:

Expanding Abortion Access

For years, we’ve seen barriers put up on access to abortion care – including more than 430 restrictions at the state level. More recently, we’ve seen laws in Alabama that outlaw abortion altogether, or in Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana that ban abortion at a point before most women know they are pregnant. We want a president who will protect and expand access to abortion.

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Courts And Judicial Appointments

One of the most important roles a president has is nominating judges and justices to lifetime appointments on the federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Given how President Trump has radically reshaped the judiciary by packing the courts with anti-reproductive health judges, we’re looking for candidates with bold ideas on how to restore balance to our courts and make sure our courts protect sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Access To Reproductive Health For People Who Are Incarcerated

2.3 million people are incarcerated in the United States; that’s one-fourth of the world’s prison population. This mass incarceration, which often targets Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ people, can have devastating effects on sexual and reproductive health care. People in jail have reported being shackled during pregnancy and being denied menstrual products and regular gynecological exams. We’re looking for candidates who can bring solutions to make sure that all people have access to the care they need.

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Getting Rid Of Discriminatory Refusal Rules

The Trump-Pence administration has made it easier for health care providers to deny care to people based on how patients identify. We’re looking for candidates who will commit to repealing these rules and expand access to care for everyone.

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Removing Economic Barriers to Abortion Care

In order to make abortion truly accessible for everyone, we need to ensure that financial barriers are removed. This means repealing the Hyde Amendment, and increasing access to reproductive health care — including abortion — through programs like Medicaid.

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Increasing Access To Contraception For All

The Trump-Pence administration has taken multiple actions to attack access to birth control and contraception. We are looking for a president who will protect and expand our access to contraception — including long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs.

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Title X

The Trump-Pence administration has attempted to decimate the Title X program through its domestic gag rule. We want a president who will protect and strengthen this essential program.

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Protecting Pregnant People And New Parents

According to a study, “more American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than [in] any other developed country.”  Due to disparities in health care access and delivery, Black women, are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. We want a candidate who will commit to taking bold actions to stop this epidemic.

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Lowering Health Care Costs

Health care costs are skyrocketing and putting critical care out of reach for millions of people. We want a president who will take big steps to reverse this.

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End The HIV/AIDS Epidemic

We have an epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and abroad. The discrimination and stigma faced by the groups most affected by HIV and AIDS — Black women, transgender people, young people, and men who have sex with men — can leave these communities without access to HIV prevention tools and lifesaving treatments. It can also leave people who live with AIDS without the care and support they need. We want a candidate who will ensure that people get the care they need and that we can end this epidemic.

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Global Access To Family Planning

The Trump-Pence administration’s global gag rule, along with other actions like defunding United Nations Population Fund, have put access to family planning and abortion care for millions of people outside the United States in danger. We want a president who will commit to expanding family planning and abortion access here and abroad — not reducing it.

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Providing Accurate Information About Health Care

There are thousands of crisis pregnancy centers (or CPCs) across the country that provide anti-abortion misinformation to thousands of people. We want a candidate who will ensure that health care providers tell people the truth — and discuss the full range of health care options with them, including abortion.

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