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Joe Biden Is the Right Choice for President

We can trust Joe Biden to put people over politics and get our country on the right track.

Why We Support Joe Biden

It's never been more important to elect a president we can trust to put the health and safety of workers, families, and communities up front, ahead of his own. Right now, the country needs a president who will really listen, learn, and grow — a leader who will put us first and tell the truth, who will defend our rights and champion our freedoms. Joe Biden has been such a leader, both as vice president and in his work as a U.S. senator. 

We can count on Joe Biden to fight for our health and rights, and take decisive action to undo the damage of Donald Trump’s presidency. With Biden in the White House, we can rest in the knowledge that a president with experience and compassion is leading our country and working hard to keep us safe.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008. Over the years, our appreciation of Joe Biden has grown as he continues to listen and evolve — and in this election, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund strongly endorses Joe Biden for president.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr

[R]eproductive rights are a constitutional right. And, in fact, every woman should have that right.

- Joe Biden

Source: Washington Post

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Biden Supports
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Planned Parenthood

Biden supports access to reproductive health care, including birth control, safe and legal abortion, and care at Planned Parenthood health centers

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Sex Ed

Biden believes in providing young people with the sex education they need to stay healthy and make the best decisions for their lives

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Access to Reproductive Health Care

Biden has a strong voting record on protecting our rights and expanding access to health care. Remember: He stood shoulder to shoulder with Barack Obama during the creation of the historic Affordable Care Act.

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Combatting COVID-19

Biden has a plan to both combat COVID-19 and prepare for future global health threats

Biden v. Trump

The contrast between Biden and Trump could not be clearer.

Trump refuses to slow his attacks on our health care, even amid a national public health crisis. Trump refuses to trust pregnant people — particularly pregnant people of color — to decide what’s in the best interest of their own health. Trump has ruthlessly worked to undermine the right to safe and legal abortion that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in Roe v. Wade.

In contrast, throughout his career, Joe Biden has put the country before his own political interest — fighting for working families and working tirelessly to expand access to health care. 

The stakes for abortion, birth control, and affordable heath care access are higher than they’ve ever been. We can’t afford another four years of Trump. That’s why we’ve got to give everything we have to elect Joe Biden.

Joe Biden on the Issues

Abortion Access

I strongly support Roe v. Wade.

- Joe Biden, 2007

Source: New York Times

Joe Biden’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health has only heightened over time. Last year at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund presidential forum, as Biden listened to advocates and reproductive justice partners, he affirmed his support for repealing the Hyde Amendment — noting that the legislation disproportionately impacts people with low incomes.

He says he would not “consider a running mate who opposes abortion rights.”

Protecting the Fundamental Right to Abortion

Biden says Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that affirmed the constitutional right to access abortion, “should be the law.”

He acknowledges that Trump’s stacking of the federal courts, with the help of politicians in the U.S. Senate opposed to abortion access, threatens to undermine Roe — and as president, he will ensure that nominees to our federal courts support Roe and abortion access. 

Biden stands ready to defend the fundamental rights recognized in Roe v. Wade through federal law — establishing nationwide protections for abortion that can stand, even if the precedent is  overturned by the Supreme Court.

Fighting Unconstitutional Abortion Bans

Biden pledges to work with his future appointees in the Justice Department to end the rash of abortion bans and targeted restrictions against abortion providers (TRAP) laws in states across the country.

Biden has denounced such bans and restrictions, saying: “States across the nation are passing extreme laws that violate a woman’s constitutional right to choose. These bills are a blatant attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. It's wrong. It's pernicious. We must #StopTheBans and ensure this choice remains between a woman and her doctor.” 

Where Trump has worked with anti-abortion politicians in the Senate to stack the courts with judges who have records hostile to sexual and reproductive health care, Biden pledges to nominate judges who support Roe v. Wade. Biden also advocates for "a Congress that will protect reproductive rights."

Ending Hyde

After listening intently to the input of reproductive justice partners and advocates, Biden committed to support ending the Hyde Amendment — a pernicious federal law that effectively makes access to abortion contingent on one’s income or source of health insurance.

Biden discussed his commitment to ending the Hyde Amendment at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund “We Decide 2020” presidential forum.

"I can't justify leaving women without access to the care they need and their ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right. If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's income." — Joe Biden

Ending the Global Gag Rule

Biden says that he would “repeal the global gag rule,” which blocks the access of global health organizations — especially reproductive health — to U.S. funding if they provide or mention abortion.

President Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule days after his inauguration, hurting people in poor and hard-to-reach communities around the world — including in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Biden says the Trump-Pence administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the global gag rule “is dead wrong — people are dying around the world." Indeed, the global gag rule has had devastating consequences on women, girls, and vulnerable communities all over the world, including deaths from unsafe abortions.

Birth Control

Affordable birth control is important to Joe Biden, and he has a long-standing record of supporting access to it. As a senator, he supported efforts to protect and expand access to birth control, including co-sponsoring the Prevention First Act — a bill to ensure access to and funding for birth control.

As president, Biden says he would defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s requirement that insurers cover birth control without a copay — and stand up for employees whose bosses want to take away that guarantee.

Biden also pledges to repeal the Trump administration’s dangerous gag rule on Title X, the federal program for affordable birth control. The gag rule forced Planned Parenthood and many other qualified health care providers out of Title X — putting the health of 4 million patients nationwide who rely on Title X  in jeopardy, and leaving those patients without access to full information about their care. Ending the gag rule would allow those patients to access birth control at their providers of choice, including Planned Parenthood health centers.

“Every woman in America should be able to have insurance coverage for birth control if she so chooses.”

- Joe Biden

Planned Parenthood

During their eight years in office, Biden and Obama worked side by side to thwart attacks on Planned Parenthood. Biden vows to continue standing with Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood helps women and individuals get the health care they need.

- Joe Biden

Source: Twitter

Biden promises to protect patients who rely on federal health care programs by stopping efforts to “defund” Planned Parenthood in their tracks. In that same vein, Biden promises to reissue Obama-era guidance — which the Trump-Pence administration rescinded — that said states aren't allowed to block Medicaid beneficiaries from using their coverage at Planned Parenthood health centers.

The Trump-Pence administration is now defying this guidance and allowing Texas to get federal Medicaid funding while denying Texans the right to see the provider of their choice.

Biden understands that Planned Parenthood plays a crucial role in our health care system — applauding its health centers for providing care to patients who often experience barriers to health services. “Women and transgender individuals' health care is essential,” Biden has said. “Historically, women — and particularly women of color — have been put in a position where they cannot access health care, in a more extreme way more than any other part of the population.”

Health Equity

When it comes to health care equity — Joe Biden gets it.

I support @PPact because women and transgender individuals' health care is essential. Historically, women — and particularly women of color — have been put in a position where they cannot access health care, in a more extreme way more than any other part of the population.

- Joe Biden

Source: Twitter @JoeBiden, 6/22/19

COVID-19

Biden’s public health response plan to combat the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic calls for no-cost testing, equitable access to treatment, vaccine development, and increasing the capacity of the country's health care system.

Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

Biden calls the country’s high maternal mortality rate for Black women “a disgrace.

To tackle the maternal mortality crisis among Black women, Biden favors implementing a program similar to one in California that tracked racial disparities and dramatically reduced the state’s maternal mortality rate overall.

Affordable Care Act

Biden fought in the political trenches alongside President Obama to overrule politicians who tried to block the creation of the ACA, which provided health care coverage for 20 million previously uninsured Americans. In 2010, Vice President Biden stood by President Obama’s side as he signed the ACA into law. Since then:

  • The U.S. uninsured rate dropped from 18% in 2010 to 10% in 2016;

  • 62 million women gained guaranteed birth control coverage without copays or other out-of-pocket costs;

  • About 13.6 million adults gained Medicaid coverage, including a significant portion of Black and Latinx women — who, because of systemic racism and historic barriers, are more likely to be low-income and use Medicaid coverage than white women.

  • All young people gained the ability to stay on their parents’ health care plans until they reach the age of 26; and 

  • More than 100 million people with pre-existing conditions (such as breast cancer, or being a survivor of domestic abuse) got protection — and peace of mind.

Biden promises to protect and build on the ACA, and to ensure health care coverage to the nearly 5 million adults with low incomes who still lack it because their states haven’t expanded Medicaid.

He is also committed to dismantling discrimination in our health care system — including systemic racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. And Biden pledges to always safeguard the protections the ACA extends to women, people of color, and LGBTQ people — protections that Trump is trying to end.

Sex Education

Joe Biden knows that sex education helps people get the information, skills and motivation they need to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality throughout their lives.

And Biden sides with the 96% of parents who support providing sex education in high school. In a 2007 questionnaire, Biden stated that he supports sex education in schools, particularly sex education that includes science-based methods proven to help prevent unintended pregnancies and STIs.

It just makes sense.

“I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women, that they can’t control their body.”

- Joe Biden

2020 and Beyond

Joe Biden is our country’s best opportunity in this election to create meaningful change for our health and rights. He’s also shown that he has the ability to listen and evolve his policy positions — and pledges to center those most impacted by those policies.

This is important. 

Part of Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations’ role in this election is to be a voice for supporters, and to hold candidates accountable — making sure that they represent our values. That means we will continue to hold Biden accountable, to ensure that he and his administration stand up for our values, our health and our rights. 

November 2020 isn’t the end. It’s just the beginning. Together, we must hold Biden and other Planned Parenthood Action Fund-endorsed candidates accountable — and ensure that when they take office, they will fight for us. 

We’re not just fighting to reverse as much of the damage caused by the Trump administration as we can. We’re fighting to build something new. To do that, we have to dream big, make bold decisions, and work together on a collective policy agenda. This year has made it clearer than ever that we must rapidly strengthen access to affordable and equitable health care, and intentionally dismantle the systemic inequities and biases woven into the fabric of so many of this nation’s policies and institutions.

We know you have a lot of hopes and goals for our future. We do, too. Let’s remain vocal and courageous, with Biden and other candidates, as we fight for those goals together.

Vote for a Reproductive Health Champion

Joe Biden championed access to reproductive health as a U.S. senator from Delaware, and again as vice president of the United States. He remains a proud reproductive health champion today. 

As president, Biden  will work to ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care. He will protect the American people’s reproductive and sexual health. And he will defend our rights. With Biden as president, we can trust that health care will be protected and expanded across the country. 

Planned Parenthood Votes is excited to help return a true partner to the White House — a partner who will join us in our work to provide health care to everyone who needs it, no matter what.