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Democratic Presidential Candidates Take a Bold Stand for Abortion Access at Ohio Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Democratic candidates lay out their plans to fight for reproductive freedom at a time when abortion access hangs in the balance like never before

Westerville, OH During tonight’s Democratic debate in Ohio — and less than a month after the Supreme Court announced it would take its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — presidential candidates offered strong visions for how they will protect and expand reproductive freedom, including access to abortion.

Statement from Kelley Robinson, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“The stakes have never been this high. When our next president is sworn into office, the protections for abortion that have been guaranteed by Roe v. Wade for nearly 50 years may be gutted. I’m pleased that the Democratic candidates for president were given the opportunity to share their plans to restore, protect, and expand the reproductive freedoms that have been weakened by Donald Trump and his allies. We have never had a slate of candidates this committed to protecting reproductive health care for all people — no matter how much money you make, where you live, where you come from, or how you identify."

Tonight, many of the presidential candidates outlined their plans to protect, expand, and restore reproductive rights in a post-Trump era. On stage in a state where abortion restrictions have forced the closures of two Planned Parenthood centers, Sen. Kamala Harris framed reproductive health care as an issue of justice, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren supported codifying Roe v. Wade into law, Sen. Cory Booker and former Secretary Julian Castro voiced their commitment to repealing Hyde, Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed abortion access as a constitutional right, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg committed to appointing judges that support reproductive freedom. One thing is clear: When it comes to protecting reproductive freedom, there is a world of difference between President Trump and every Democratic candidate on the debate stage tonight.

Last week Planned Parenthood Votes released a new “Candidate Spotlight” tool that breaks down the presidential candidates’ stances on birth control, abortion access, reproductive health care, and more.

Reproductive freedom and rights hang in the balance like never before, despite the broad-based support of the American people. Last week, the Supreme Court announced it would take up the first abortion case since Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a decision that could defy precedent and make the protections of Roe virtually meaningless in many parts of the country. The Trump administration and politicians across the country continue to propose and implement destructive policies that aim to end access to reproductive health care — like Trump’s efforts to dismantle Title X, the nation's program for affordable birth control — and abortion bans sweeping the nation would throw abortion access into jeopardy for 25 million people if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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


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