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Presidential Candidate Spotlight:

Where Do the 2020 Hopefuls Stand on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights? 

Birth control. Abortion. Sex ed. Reproductive health care as a human right. What do these have in common? They’re on the 2020 ballot — and Trump wants to restrict all of them. Find out where the candidates stand and if they stand with you.


Donald Trump

President of the United States


Abortion Access

​​​​​Trump has nominated more than 150 federal judges for lifetime appointments. Many of these judges, including his Supreme Court picks Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have long anti-abortion records and will decide the future of Roe v. Wade.

[Tracking Trump, accessed 9/5/19]

Birth Control

Trump has enacted a number of rules that restrict access to birth control including a rule to let employers deny birth control coverage to their employees, a rule that lets health care workers use "moral beliefs" to refuse care to  patients, and implementing both the domestic and global gag rules that threaten birth control and reproductive health care access for millions across the country and globe.

[The New York Times, 1/18/18; Vox, 11/12/18]

Planned Parenthood

Trump and his administration issued a "gag rule" that bans health care providers in Title X — our nation's dedicated program for affordable birth control — from telling women how they can safely and legally access abortion. He is also the first U.S. president to release three annual budgets that singled out Planned Parenthood for “defunding.”

[Planned Parenthood Action, accessed 8/28/19]

Health Equity

​​​​The Trump-Pence administration has taken many moves to strip immigrants of basic health care and rights, including detaining pregnant immigrants; issuing an executive order that separated immigrant families; trying to let the government jail immigrant children indefinitely (with or without their parents); implementing the Public Charge rule to prevent immigrants from accessing public services they’re entitled to; and working to deny asylum for immigrants fleeing persecution, discrimination, and violence.

[Planned Parenthood Action, accessed 8/30/19]

Sex Ed

Trump has “issued new rules for funding programs to prevent teenage pregnancy, favoring those that promote abstinence and not requiring as rigorous evidence of effectiveness.”

[The New York Times, 4/23/18]

Joe Biden

Former Vice President


Abortion Access

Biden pledges that his federal court nominees would “support the right of privacy, on which the entire notion of a woman's right to choose is based.”

[The Washington Post, 10/15/19]

Birth Control

Biden says he would eliminate the global gag rule.

[We Decide, 6/22/19]

Planned Parenthood

Biden pledges to repeal of the Trump administration’s Title X gag rule — protecting birth control for four million people and ensuring all people have access to all health care options.

[Axios, 6/22/19]

Health Equity

Biden favors implementing a program to tackle the maternal mortality crisis among Black women similar to one in California, which was found to “dramatically reduce the state’s maternal mortality rate.”

[SELF, 7/30/19]

Sex Ed

In a 2007 questionnaire, Biden stated that he “supports comprehensive and age appropriate sex education that includes science based prevention methods.”

[OnTheIssues, accessed 8/29/19]

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator from Vermont


Abortion Access

Sanders voted against anti-abortion activist Wendy Vitter, one of Trump’s extreme and unfit judicial nominees.

[Roll Call Vote 114, 5/16/19]

Birth Control

Sanders co-sponsor of  the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, a repeal of Trump’s harmful birth control rules.

[S. 1985, accessed 8/16/19]

Planned Parenthood

Sanders opposes Trump’s Title X gag rule, calling it a “disgraceful attack on women’s rights.”

[Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 5/18/18]

Health Equity

Sanders’ Medicare For All plan requires the Department of Health and Human services “to conduct an evaluation of health disparities, including racial and geographic disparities, and to submit a plan to Congress for addressing the disparities found in the evaluation.”

[SELF, 7/30/19]

Sex Ed

Sanders stated that abstinence-only sex education “is certainly not the only answer.”

[Observer, 1/28/16]

Photo Credits: Sanders ©Planned Parenthood Action Fund & Planned Parenthood Votes (Photographer: Brigette Supernova);  all others public domain.  

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Learn about the biggest opportunities in 2020 to take back our power — and about what’s at stake in these battlegrounds for our rights, our bodies, and our health care. 

The only way we can fight back against the harmful and dangerous laws and policies coming from anti-reproductive health politicians is by changing who's writing and passing them. Are you in?

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