Have you ever pointed out the extremism of a Democratic presidential candidate on the issue of abortion and been accused of lying or pushing a ‘right-wing talking point’? Have they accused you of making a candidate’s position up, even though you know you heard them say it or saw their tweet?
Well now the New York Times can be cited in those fun, Thanksgiving arguments about abortion. They recently published all the candidates’ survey responses (except Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick, who entered the race too late to be included in this initial survey), and their headline says it all: “2020 Democrats Unapologetically Supports Abortion Rights, Times Survey Shows.”
Some of the highlights:
“Nine candidates want to require private insurers to cover abortion, though Mr. Biden’s campaign again declined to answer, Ms. Klobuchar said she was unsure and Mr. Sestak said no.And seven said the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone, which induce abortions, should be available over the counter.”
- “Only Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson now say abortion should be ‘safe, legal and rare’ — a phrase, popularized by President Bill Clinton and repeated by Hillary Clinton, that reflected a search for common ground with people not fully supportive of abortion rights.
The rest of the 2020 candidates sidestepped or rejected the ‘rare’ part. Bernie Sanders, for instance, wrote, ‘Abortion should be safe, legal and accessible to every person who chooses it.'”
You can read the full survey responses here. The New York Times allows you to create a free account, so you can read the responses by creating your own login.
Some of the statements from leading campaigns, include:
Joe Biden, basically taking Planned Parenthood talking points, saying, “Joe Biden firmly believes that women have a constitutional right to choose. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and should not be overturned. A core tenet of Biden’s campaign is truth over lies and science over fiction. No woman looking for information should be lied to. Period. Women must be able to make their own sensitive and personal health care decisions with their doctors.”
Cory Booker said, “As president, I’ll create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom, charged with coordinating and affirmatively advancing abortion rights and access to reproductive health care across my administration. In addition, I will fight to pass comprehensive sex education legislation based on the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act that’s inclusive of all youth and provides information on a range of topics.”
Pete Buttigieg said, “As president, I will first try to repeal the Hyde Amendment. I am firmly in favor of repealing the Hyde Amendment and ensuring reproductive health care for every woman, no matter the state where she lives and works, her insurance status, race, ethnicity or place of birth. It should not be used as a bargaining chip for the federal budget. I will holistically evaluate every federal budget and my responsibility to govern in the context of all of my priorities, especially my commitment to upholding reproductive rights and ending discriminatory health care.”
Finally, Elizabeth Warren stated, “Abortion is health care, and health care is a human right. That means everyone should be able to get the health care they need. Even if Republicans manage to overturn Roe v. Wade, wealthy women will still get abortions. And it will be hardworking women, poor women, women of color, who will get crushed. The right to choose is fundamentally about the right to access health care — and every candidate for president must stand up and defend that right.”