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This year, Donald Trump’s political party has announced that its platform for the nation is whatever Trump wants. Tonight, viewers of his party’s convention should expect confirmation that what Trump wants is more of the same: more attacks on our access to health care, including safe, legal abortion; more attacks on our rights and freedoms; and more proof that as president, he has never cared about you – and never will.

As the convention heads into its second night, here’s what you need to know about some of the key speakers:

1. Mike Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State, former U.S. Representative (R-Kan.)

  • Pompeo wants to ban abortion, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

  • Pompeo expanded and implemented the Trump administration’s “global gag rule.” He’s also supporting the withholding of funds to the United Nations Population Fund, the leading provider of contraception around the globe.

  • In Congress, Pompeo voted repeatedly to restrict access to safe and legal abortion. He also voted nine times to block access to Planned Parenthood health centers.

  • Pompeo joined his most extreme colleagues in Congress to sponsor so-called “personhood” legislation, which would fully outlaw abortion and some forms of contraception.

2. Kim Reynolds

Governor of Iowa

  • Reynolds signed a six-week abortion ban bill into law, banning abortion before most people know they are pregnant.

  • Last year, Reynolds signed a budget cutting off federal funding for sex education programs offered by Planned Parenthood.

  • Earlier this year, Reynolds signed another abortion restriction requiring a medically unnecessary waiting period before an abortion. The law targets Iowans with low incomes, who have to take extra time off work or school, or arrange and pay for extra child care, on top of driving hours, to get access to health care.

  • Reynolds tried to block patients from obtaining time-sensitive, essential surgical abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic, interfering in personal medical decisions that should be left to patients and doctors. 

  • Reynolds campaigned to add an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa state constitution, which could make it harder for Iowans to obtain safe and legal abortions.

3. Abby Johnson

Anti-abortion activist

  • Johnson urged so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” health centers that actively discourage pregnant people from getting abortions through disinformation and deceit,  to “look professional,” adding, “the best client you ever get is one that thinks they’re walking into an abortion clinic.”

  • Following her “conversion” from a Planned Parenthood health provider to anti-abortion activist, Johnson headlined a speaking tour titled “Do Women Have Too Many Rights?”

  • Johnson has made a career of promoting absurdly false claims about abortion and Planned Parenthood, even alleging that health care providers perform abortions on people who aren’t actually pregnant.

  • Johnson even opposes access to contraception, saying “a woman’s fertility is a sign of health and should not be ‘broken’ by dangerous hormonal methods.”

  • In a YouTube video, Johnson remarked about one of her adopted children, who is biracial: "Statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons.”

4. Daniel Cameron

Attorney General of Kentucky

  • So far, Cameron has refused to hold the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor, a young Black woman, in her home, while she was sleeping, responsible for their conduct.

  • Cameron tried to block patients from obtaining surgical abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic, falsely claiming abortion is not a time-sensitive, necessary procedure. Cameron even tried to orchestrate a power grab to try and usurp the governor’s power to block access to safe and legal abortions.

  • Cameron supports overturning the Affordable Care Act — putting protections at risk for more than 1.7 million Kentuckians with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer, or diabetes.

5. Jeanette Nuñez

Lieutenant Governor of Florida

  • In the state House, Nuñez voted for multiple bills to restrict access to safe and legal abortion. She also voted against expanding Medicaid to more than 800,000 Floridians with low incomes.

  • The DeSantis-Nuñez administration approved a burdensome restriction on young people who want to access safe and legal abortion. 

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