Many candidates have already jumped into the 2020 Presidential Race so far, with experience in both the public and the private sectors. AUL Action will be tracking them this campaign season on the abortion issue. Every day, it seems more and more candidates are jumping into the race. So, what do they think about abortion?
President Donald J. Trump
President Donald J. Trump has made clear his views on abortion, stating on multiple occasions that he is pro-life:
“I will always protect the first right in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life.” – March for Life, January 2019
“Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.” – March for Life, January 2018
“With what [Hillary Clinton] is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me.” – Presidential Debate, October 2016
“I’m pro-life” – CNN, June 2015
“I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for.” – Meet the Press, October 1999
President Trump signed a presidential proclamation in January 2019 informing Congress that he will veto any legislation that weakens existing Federal protections for human life.
Senator Cory Booker
Senator Cory Booker is quite open about his abortion views, with his voting record in the Senate reflecting it. Booker voted against allowing debate on 2018’s “Pain-Capable Unborn Chil Protection Act,” which would have restricted late-term abortion access.
Booker has made multiple statements about the issue of abortion:
“We must be vigilant in protecting a woman’s right to choose.” – Twitter, January 2019
“I oppose the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Supreme Court’s dramatic break from precedent in upholding it.” – Planned Parenthood Endorsement Memo, 2013
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Although Mayor Buttigieg does not have a
After announcing his 2020 presidential campaign, Buttigieg made this comment on abortion:
with “I’m from Indiana, so I have a lot of friends and supporters who don’t share my views on choice. I understand that it’s an intensely felt and very personal issue for a lot of people. But there is no decision more personal for a lot of women than this one. I believe that a male government official like me does not belong in the middle of decisions that are best left to women and their doctors.” – Fox News, February 2019
Julián Castro was also one of the early movers to throw his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, and his past reflects very pro-abortion stances.
In 2013, Castro rallied with Wendy Davis, a former Texas state senator at the Texas capitol in favor of abortion rights, saying “We are going to be a strong voice of support for you (senators) and for Planned Parenthood.”
Castro also quipped in a 2012 New York Times Magazine article about his disagreement with the Pope on abortion, saying, “We disagree on this, the pope and I.”
U.S. Representative John Delaney
Representative John Delaney’s abortion stance is pro-abortion, however he has backtracked on occasion, citing his Catholic faith as a delineating factor in his beliefs.
In 2012, when Delaney was first running for Congress, he stated in a debate that he “supports a woman’s right to have an abortion.”
However, thick into Delaney’s run for President, when asked about the abortion issue on MSNBC, he defected, saying, “Personally, my wife and I would follow the teachings of our church. We’re active Catholics. So the decision I make personally is different than the decision that I think I should be implying for the citizens of this county.”
When pressed on the issue of late-term abortion, Delaney replied, “it all
Historically though, Delaney has been rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL.
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Representative Tulsi Gabbard reportedly “used to be pro-life,” but her Planned Parenthood voting record shows her with a 100% voting record in Congress.
In January 2019, the same month as her announcement for President, she issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, saying, “now more than ever, we must remain steadfast in our defense of a woman’s right to choose.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been consistently pro-abortion throughout her tenure in both chambers of Congress. However, her time in the Senate has been much more active with the issue, especially in recent years.
Gillibrand vehemently opposed the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, chanting to a crowd that “women are going to die” if Kavanaugh’s nomination goes through. So, far, that has proven false.
Gillibrand’s Senate tenure has shown her committment to Planned Parenthood, standing against pro-life senators looking to defund the abortion giant. In her 2015 floor speech, she declared, “We cannot, and we will not, defund Planned Parenthood.”
The New York Senator has also introduced legislation to let women in uniform get abortions on demand, and voted against 20-week abortion restrictions, saying A 20-week abortion ban could prevent women with high-risk pregnancies from receiving the care that they desperately need.”
Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate website displays a quote by her reading ” I will always protect a woman’s right to choose—no matter what.”
Senator Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign is seemingly laser-focused on the abortion issue, Harris telling the crowd during her announcement, “I’m running to fight for an America … Where reproductive rights are not just protected by the Constitution of the United States but guaranteed in every state.”
Harris has earned herself a 100% rating by NARAL because of her staunch pro-abortion views.
She joined the fight against a 20-week abortion restriction bill, calling it “immoral,” and actively fought Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, stating the hypothetical that a “young woman who got pregnant at 15 is forced to give birth or in desperation go to a back alley for an abortion.” in her Senate Judiciary Committee remarks.
During Harris’ Senate campaign, while still in her previous role of California Attorney General, she used her law enforcement powers to search and seize
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar has a 100% NARAL voting record, as well as a 100% record from Planned Parenthood Action. She publicly supports abortion rights, calling it a decision which must be made “between a woman and her doctor.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Elizabeth Warren is firm on her pro-abortion stances, even stating in a Marie Claire op-ed that she believes “getting an abortion is safer than getting your tonsils out.”
Senator Warren, like many of her fellow
Marianne Williamson has no political experience but has made clear her stance on the abortion issues.
In an interview with the Washington Post, she told them she “favors abortion rights, but believes allowing a late-term abortion only to address the woman’s mental health would be too permissive.”
“Mental health, that would be problematic for me – Because mental health can be so broadly defined,” Williamson said.
Another lesser-known contender for the presidency is Andrew Yang, who has also made clear his stance on abortion.
On Yang’s website, his official position reads as follows: “Access to safe and affordable abortion services should also be provided to all Americans. Requirements placed by individual states on access should be subject to oversight by a board of doctors, not the whims of legislators who have no background on the procedure or even the basics of medicine.”
Yang is quoted on the site as saying, “Whether to have a child is an
As more candidates announce, AUL Action will update their abortion stances here.