THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
HISTORY OF PROMOTING ABORTION AND PROTECTING THE ABORTION INDUSTRY
Over 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton, leader of the Democrat Party spoke in relatively moderate terms about his party’s support for abortion. He said in 1996 that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare”. In 2016 his wife and presidential nominee for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton, declared her support for late term abortion without restrictions and her total support for the largest abortion provider in the nation, Planned Parenthood, responsible for 332,700 abortions annually. (Planned Parenthood 2017-2018 Annual Report, 2017-2018)
1993 President Bill Clinton, Democrat : Removed original restrictions in public funding for family planning under the federal Title X program to allow abortion providers access to close to $300 million a year. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S., has receives approx. $60 million a year, 1/5 of the total federal funding when Democrat Presidents are in the White House.
1996 President Bill Clinton, Democrat : “Abortion Should be Safe, Legal, and Rare1
2009 President Barack Obama, leader of the Democratic Party, during his first 100 days in office released a statement in January 2009 celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized the killing of unborn children in America.
2009 In February, David Ogden, Obama’s pick as Asst. Attorney General argued in court that girls as young as fourteen years old do not need parental notification when seeking an abortion and that abortion is a form of family planning that should be eligible for taxpayer funding.
2009 In March, Obama directed federal policy to rescind conscience exemptions to coerce and force healthcare professionals to participate in or refer for abortions.
2009 In March, the Obama administration, at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting argued for an international right to abortion.
2009 In April the Obama administration through the FDA issued an order that Plan B “morning after pill” a powerful sometime abortifacient chemical could be given to 17-year-old minors without a prescription or their parents’ consent.
2016 Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton defends late term abortions, voting for partial birth abortion as a Senator.2
2017 Democratic Party National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who was President Obama’s Secretary of Labor, said all Democrat candidates must support abortion. Support for abortion, according to Perez, is “not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state” … the party “must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice”.3
2019 Hillary Clinton joins New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the New York Democratic Party’s push for unrestricted abortion to the point of birth.4
2019 Democratic Party Representatives in Congress block legislation to stop infanticide for 80th time, refusing to protect babies born alive. Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats refused a request for the 80th time (as of August 1st) to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.5
2019 All Democratic Party Presidential candidates (20) attending a candidate forum/debate in South Carolina in June pledged support for Planned Parenthood and unrestricted late term abortion. All 24 candidates have expressed their unwavering support for the abortion of preborn lives, making abortion a federal statutory right, requiring taxpayer funded abortions banned by the Hyde Amendment, repealing federal law (Mexico City policy) instituted by Republican President Ronald Reagan banning U.S. funding and support for abortion overseas; requiring a litmus test for judicial nominees for federal courts including the Supreme Court to pledge their support for abortion rights.
Read the Democratic Party Presidential candidates’ views on abortion below.6 (Source: Vox.com except where alternative source is noted)
2019 Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, said her party’s embrace for late term abortion may win mega-donors from Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights lobbyists but the party “is the most extreme it has ever been” and “will alienate voters”.7
2019 States that have passed unrestricted abortion laws up to the time of birth (infanticide) are led by Democratic Party Governors10 and states with a majority of Democrat legislators. States that have aggressively removed abortion restrictions are New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Illinois, Colorado, Maine11
2019 Every Democrat in the November 20, 2019 Presidential Debate Supports Abortions Up to Birth12
2020 DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ VIEWS ON ABORTION
PRIMARY SOURCE: VOX.COM6
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
“I believe in Roe v. Wade,” the senator said at a Fox News town hall in May. “Of course, there are limits there in the third trimester that are very important,” she added. “But I think overall, what we want to do is make sure women have the right to make their own decisions.”
In an interview with Fox News later that month, she said, “If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade I would make sure that we are codifying Roe v. Wade into law.” She has also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the Hyde Amendment.
At the Planned Parenthood forum, she added that if elected, she would repeal the domestic and global gag rules. She also mentioned the importance of “making sure that we have judges that follow the law of the land” when it comes to Roe v. Wade.
Andrew Yang (Nonprofit Entrepreneur, New York)
The entrepreneur supports codifying Roe, repealing Hyde, and providing “safe and affordable abortion services” to all Americans. “I have the feeling that if men became pregnant instead of women, there would be absolutely no restriction on reproductive rights,” he said in a statement on his campaign website.
At the Planned Parenthood forum, Yang also said that his plan to give all Americans a universal basic income of $1,000 a month would help low-income people afford abortion care.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
“Bernie believes that abortion is a constitutional right for all women,” said Sarah Ford, deputy communications director for the Sanders campaign.
The senator supports a Roe litmus test for judges, and his Medicare-for-all plan would make abortion free to all patients, effectively making the Hyde Amendment moot. “Abortion rights are part of what Medicare-for-all is,” he said at the Planned Parenthood forum.
Sanders is also a co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe in federal statute.
Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
The former Congress member from Texas has released a reproductive rights plan that includes repealing Hyde and guaranteeing private insurance coverage for abortion, codifying Roe in statute, and “appointing judges who respect Roe v. Wade as the settled law of the land.” He also promises, if elected, to reverse the Trump administration’s domestic gag rule. And he says he would direct the Food and Drug Administration to remove “labeling regulations that impose barriers to the use of medication-based abortions.”
“Beto would mobilize the full force of the federal government to protect women’s reproductive rights and access to abortion,” a spokesperson for the campaign told Vox.
“O’Rourke sponsored a radical pro-abortion bill that would have eliminated nearly all state and federal abortion regulations, including waiting periods, informed consent requirements, bans on late-term abortions, sex-selective abortions, and more.”8
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
The mayor has supported repealing Hyde. He’s previously called out former Vice President Joe Biden for his prior position backing Hyde. “If you don’t support repeal, you shouldn’t be the Democratic nominee,” de Blasio tweeted.
New York City has also been at the forefront of expanding abortion rights during de Blasio’s tenure. Most recently, it became the first city in the country to directly fund abortions.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
The senator released a reproductive rights plan on May 22, amid the passage of state-level abortion bans around the country. In it, he pledges to work to repeal Hyde and codify Roe in statute, as well as to nominate judges who are supportive of Roe.
In addition, he promises to take a number of executive actions to protect reproductive rights, including ending the domestic and global gag rules, reversing the Trump administration’s guidelines prioritizing abstinence-based programs for federal teen pregnancy prevention funding, and undoing the administration’s rules allowing health care providers to refuse to perform abortions on the basis of their “conscience” or religion.
If elected, the senator says he would also 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 – addressing all barriers to full reproductive autonomy, such as access to health care, including maternal and infant health, quality, affordable child care, and comprehensive paid family leave.”
At the Planned Parenthood forum, Booker called on men to stand up for reproductive rights. “This is not a woman’s issue,” he said. “Don’t tell me just because you have a wife or a mother or a daughter, that that’s how you relate to this. You have a body.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Warren was among the first candidates to put forth a detailed reproductive rights plan. The plan, released May 17, calls for codifying Roe in statute, repealing Hyde and the domestic gag rule, and guaranteeing private insurance coverage for abortion.
“We must build a future that protects the right of all women to have children, the right of all women to not have children, and the right to bring children up in a safe and healthy environment,” Warren wrote in announcing her plan.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Swalwell is an original co-sponsor of the EACH Woman Act, which would repeal Hyde. He is also a co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act and of legislation to repeal the global gag rule. As president, he would support codifying Roe in statute, according to his campaign.
“We will defend Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose at all costs,” Swalwell said in a statement to Vox. “As president, I’ll work with Congress to protect women’s control of their own bodies without government interference and ensure women in every state retain access to abortion care. But I also want to encourage America’s young men to stand up and link arms with women in this fight — we need to be vocal, active allies in defending freedom.”
“I will be a president who negotiates up on this issue rather than down,” he promised at the Planned Parenthood forum.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
Inslee supports repealing Hyde and codifying Roe in statute, his campaign said. As governor, he signed Washington state’s Reproductive Parity Act, which guarantees public and private insurance coverage for abortion, and he would support similar legislation as President. He would also repeal both domestic and global gag rules; the attorney general of Washington state was one of several to sue the Trump administration to block the domestic rule.
“He is an open supporter of abortion and of Planned Parenthood and in 2018, Inslee signed a bill forcing all employers — including those with pro-life convictions — to pay for abortions through their health-care plans.”8
Joe Biden (Former Vice President – Democrat)
After stating in early June that he supports Hyde, Biden changed course and says he now believes the amendment should be repealed. At the Planned Parenthood forum, he said that he had changed positions on Hyde because his health care plan would need to include coverage of abortion.
“I laid out a health care plan that’s going to provide federally funded health care for all women and women who now are denied even Medicare in their home states,” he said. “It became really clear to me that although the Hyde Amendment was designed to try to split the difference here, to make sure women still had access, you can’t have access if everyone’s covered by a federal policy. That’s why at the same time I announced that policy, I announced that I could no longer continue to abide by the Hyde Amendment.”
The former vice president also supports codifying Roe in statute and repealing the global gag rule, according to his campaign. A practicing Catholic, Biden has said he is personally opposed to abortion. But, he said at a vice presidential debate in 2012, “I just refuse to impose that on others.”
John Delaney (Former U.S. Representative – Maryland)
Delaney supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, according to his campaign. His universal health care plan, BetterCare, would cover reproductive health care, including abortions.
“Rep. John Delaney’s voting record indicates that he is in favor of loosening, not tightening, limitations on abortion. After undercover videos showed strong evidence that Planned Parenthood was illegally harvesting and selling body parts of aborted babies, Delaney vowed to support Planned Parenthood and urged his state’s governor to offset any federal cuts to the abortion giant from within the state budget.”8
John Hickenlooper (Former Governor – Colorado)
The former Colorado governor supports repealing Hyde (ban on taxpayer funded abortions) and increasing and protecting Title X family planning (taxpayer paid) funding.
Julián Castro (Former Mayor – San Antonio, TX)
The former Housing and Urban Development Secretary (under Obama) has committed to nominating judges and Cabinet members who are “pro-choice.” Additionally, he backs repealing Hyde and codifying Roe v. Wade. “All women should have access to reproductive care, regardless of their income or the state they live in,” he previously tweeted.
Julian Castro, “Catholic” mayor of San Antonio, Texas regarding his position on abortion: “We disagree on this, the Pope and I.”8
Castro “endorsed a government-funded health-care plan that would cover abortions for everyone, including transgender individuals.”9
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Harris is among the Democrats who’s offered a more detailed plan on abortion rights that seeks to curb state laws attempting to infringe on them. Under Harris’s proposal, which is modeled after the Voting Rights Act, states whose abortion-related laws have recently been struck down by courts for violating Roe would have to obtain federal approval from the Justice Department before they’re able to implement any new abortion laws.
“As president, I will stop dangerous state laws restricting reproductive rights before they go into effect,” Harris said in a statement. She also backs undoing Hyde, making Roe v. Wade law, and appointing judges that support abortion rights.
At the Planned Parenthood forum, Harris pledged “to do the work on the defense, and to fight, but also work on the offense” when it comes to abortion rights.
“Just a few days after voting against the Born-Alive Survivors Protect Act, Sen. Kamala Harris said in a statement supporting gun control, ‘We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered.'”8
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Gillibrand has made gender equity and reproductive rights a central piece of her campaign and is considered a leader on the issue. She was the first 2020 Democrat to commit to appointing judges that support Roe, and in the wake of state laws restricting abortion access laid out a wide-ranging plan to protect abortion rights.
In addition to repealing Hyde and codifying Roe, Gillibrand supports undoing the gag rule the Trump administration has imposed. She would also establish a new funding stream in order to ensure that every state has a reproductive health center.
“We must come together to declare, loud and clear, that reproductive rights are human rights. They are civil rights. And they are nonnegotiable,” she wrote in a Medium post.
Marianne Williamson (New Age Author)
The author and spiritual adviser, who has described herself as “one hundred percent pro-choice,” backs codifying Roe and repealing the Hyde Amendment.
“I believe the decision of whether or not to have an abortion lies solely with the pregnant woman, according to the dictates of her conscience and in communion with the God of her understanding,” she notes on her campaign website. “I do not feel the government has an appropriate right to deny or restrict that decision.”
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Bennet supports “enshrining Roe v. Wade into federal statute, preempting states that try to interfere with women’s health rights, repealing the Hyde Amendment, and standing up against other efforts to undermine access to necessary care,” according to a campaign spokesperson.
“Women’s reproductive rights are under assault all over the United States. Women’s health care is under assault all over the United States,” he said during a CNN town hall earlier this year. Bennet has also said he would only appoint judges that back Roe.
Mike Gravel (Former U.S. Senator – Alaska)
Former Alaska Sen. Gravel, a candidate who’s notably in the race in order to prompt debate, has an expansive and unique abortion rights agenda. Gravel’s landmark provision would tie an individual’s ability to become a specialized physician with a commitment to providing abortions.
“Our signature point on abortion access is mandating the ability and willingness to provide an abortion as a condition of obstetrician licensing,” according to a campaign spokesperson. “In addition, we support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right to an abortion, as well as lawmaking through the People’s legislature, a fourth branch of government that Mike Gravel supports setting up that would allow direct lawmaking by the American people.”
Gravel also backs repealing Hyde and codifying Roe into law.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, Indiana)
Buttigieg supports repealing Hyde, codifying Roe into law, and appointing judicial nominees who would support Roe. “The mayor is pro-choice and trusts women to make their own health care decisions. He also recognizes the harm in having men legislate women’s bodies,” said a campaign spokesperson.
Buttigieg has previously called for more men to speak out about abortion. “I think it’s particularly important from a political stance for men to stand up,” he said during a campaign event earlier this year, according to HuffPost.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Moulton backs the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and enshrining Roe in federal law. He’s said undoing Hyde ensures that all women have the funding they need for health care and compared it to the funding the military needs.
“It’s sort of like saying, you know, I support the troops but don’t want to pay them,” Moulton said of Hyde in a CNN interview. “That’s the analogy here, and I think it’s wrong.”
Moulton has also said he will exclusively appoint judges that support Roe and added that he backs Harris’s proposal to require DOJ review of certain state laws.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
Bullock supports ending Hyde, codifying Roe, and strengthening Title X funding, which provides money for family planning and preventive health care clinics (though the domestic gag rule currently restricts it to institutions that do not provide abortions).
“As governor, Bullock has stopped every single effort to restrict reproductive health care, and made Title X funding permanent so it would no longer be a political football,” a campaign spokesperson said.
“It’s not what I think, it’s what does an individual woman need to do with her body and with her health care,” Bullock recently told CNN.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
Ryan supports codifying Roe and repealing Hyde. He had previously expressed opposition to abortion rights but explained in a 2015 editorial why he’s changed his position.
“I came in as a Catholic school kid from northeast Ohio who didn’t think a whole lot about the issue and went into Congress pro-life,” Ryan told BuzzFeed. “My opinion changed that there should not be anyone from the federal government between a woman and her doctor.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Gabbard is supportive of abortion rights, according to a campaign spokesperson, and would back using federal money to provide abortions. Gabbard has previously been anti-abortion but has since changed her position.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard flipped her position on abortion from pro-life “to match the Democratic Party’s 100 percent pro-abortion platform”.7
Mayor Wayne Messam (Miramar, Florida)
Messam supports codifying Roe and using federal money to provide abortion services. He emphasized, in an interview with WBUR, that he sees Roe as “settled law.”
“I think when a woman is faced with a tough decision to abort a pregnancy, it’s tough enough by itself to have to make such a personal decision — a tough decision to make — and currently right now in our country this issue has been demagogued, and I think that primarily us men are making the decisions in the laws,” he said.