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Planned Parenthood Votes’ Response to Final Presidential Debate: Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 22, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
Planned Parenthood Votes Pressroom

Washington, DC — Tonight’s final presidential debate plainly laid out the clear choice voters face. Either continue down a path of destruction with a failed and weak president who deflects any responsibility for his actions — or elect Joe Biden, a strong, empathetic leader we can trust is guided by our country’s best interests. Following the debate, Planned Parenthood Votes’ executive director Jenny Lawson released the following statement:

“The nation has suffered through four years of Trump attacking access to health and reproductive care, emboldening racist hate groups, dehumanizing immigrants and people of color, and recklessly failing to address the COVID-19 pandemic. He is unfit to serve as president. Over the next 11 days, we must vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris like our lives depend on it — because they do. Make a plan now.”

As the country deals with the staggering consequences of Donald Trump's failure to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that has left over 220,000 Americans dead, he continued to rewrite his health care record and spread dangerous misinformation. Trump has doubled down on backing the dangerous lawsuit to “end” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a legal battle that could result in millions of people losing their health insurance, eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions, do away with Medicaid expansion and important guarantees of no-cost birth control and maternity coverage.

While sexual and reproductive health and rights were not addressed in tonight’s debate, Donald Trump and his allies have notably spent the last few weeks distancing themselves from their calls to ban safe, legal abortion. This abrupt change is not surprising given 77% of voters support Roe v. Wade. Most voters want champions for reproductive health like Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris to lead the country. In both the 2018 and 2019 elections, voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for leaders who support reproductive health and soundly rejected falsehoods and attacks from politicians with records hostile to our health care rights and access.

Biden and Sen. Harris have outlined a range of policies to strengthen the ACA, as well as to protect and expand access to reproductive health care — in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who has spent the past four years pushing policies and actions that threaten reproductive freedoms.


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