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Democratic Presidential Candidates Pledge to Protect Reproductive Health Care in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
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Atlanta, GA During tonight’s Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia, presidential candidates pledged to protect and expand reproductive health care, including access to safe, legal abortion, if elected.

Tonight’s debate, led by an all-women panel of moderators, took place in a state that is a battleground for reproductive rights. Georgia captured the attention of the nation earlier this year when Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country into law. The state also struggles with the highest maternal mortality rate in America — an epidemic that disproportionately impacts Black women.

Statement from Jenny Lawson, Vice President of Organizing and Engagement Campaigns, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“Few understand the coordinated attacks on reproductive freedom better than Georgians, who are battling one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country. That’s why it was so important that they and people across the country heard from the presidential candidates about the need to protect and expand reproductive rights, including access to safe and legal abortion, for decades to come. The American people are with us, the stakes have never been higher, and voters are ready to send a true champion for reproductive freedom to the White House in 2020."

 In the final minutes of the debate, candidates were asked about reproductive health care in light of the wave of restrictive abortion bans that have swept the nation, like the one that was signed into law in Georgia this May. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders shared their commitment to protecting abortion access, and pointed to the fact that the majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and oppose bans on abortion.

Earlier this month, elections in Virginia and Kentucky proved that voters are tired of the fear-mongering and misleading rhetoric from Republicans about abortion care, and are excited to cast their ballots for champions of reproductive freedom.

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will make a historic investment of at least $45 million in key battleground states during the 2020 cycle. In October, Planned Parenthood Votes released a new “Candidate Spotlight” tool that details the presidential candidates’ stances on birth control, abortion access, reproductive health care, and more.

Background: Reproductive health is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election — and a winning issue for candidates.


Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.