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Democratic Presidential Candidates Voice Strong Support for Abortion Access in the Days Before New Hampshire Primary

PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 7, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
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Manchester, NH  Mere days before the New Hampshire primary, Democratic presidential candidates took the opportunity at tonight’s debate to discuss their support for reproductive health care and rights, and the importance of nominating judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade. 

Since entering office, Trump has packed the courts in unprecedented and extraordinary ways. 187 Trump-appointed judges now occupy lifetime positions on the federal bench, many with extreme records hostile to reproductive health and rights, and are poised to make decisions about our reproductive rights and health for a generation. For the first time since Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were seated on the Supreme Court, the court will be hearing arguments in a case this spring that could defy precedent and make the protections of Roe v. Wade virtually meaningless, paving the way for states to effectively ban abortion for over 25 million people of reproductive age.

Statement from Jenny Lawson, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“There couldn’t be a starker contrast between the champions on stage tonight and our current president and his allies, who in the last month have ramped up their frantic attacks on our reproductive health and rights because they know their days are numbered. We appreciate the many candidates on stage tonight who talked about the importance of protecting our courts, including nominating judges that will uphold Roe v. Wade. But even with Roe as the law of the land today, millions of people effectively lack access to a safe and legal abortion. We need to continue to hear from all the candidates about their comprehensive plans not just to protect, but expand reproductive rights and health care access for people in every corner of our nation.”

Hearing the candidates’ support for plans on reproductive rights is especially important for Granite Staters. Support for abortion rights in New Hampshire is higher than almost anywhere else in the country, and the state has one of the most positive political climates for reproductive health care in the country. Still, just over one week ago, New Hampshire legislators held hearings on four anti-abortion bills — including one that would ban abortion before most people even know they’re pregnant.

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.

In November, elections in Virginia and Kentucky proved that voters are tired of fear-mongering and misleading rhetoric about abortion care, and are excited to cast their ballots for champions of reproductive freedom.

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

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