Planned Parenthood’s political arm recently sponsored a “We Decide” membership forum in South Carolina where every 2020 Democrat political presidential hopeful vowed to protect abortion, and most promised to reverse the pro-life Hyde Amendment, which would force federal taxpayers to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood reflected on states where recent pro-life laws were enacted which seek to protect the preborn at the moment a heartbeat is detected in the womb. While Planned Parenthood labeled pro-life legislation as “part of a concerted strategy to ban abortion outright by overturning Roe v. Wade,” the abortion corporation’s own “2019 strategy” along with several other pro-abortion groups, has been to expand abortions to all nine months of pregnancy in several states.
Abortion expansion, it seems, has also now become the position of most of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls. Below are some of the more pertinent quotes from that event.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: “As president…I will codify Roe. I will repeal the Hyde Amendment.”
Senator Kamala Harris: Harris suggested pro-life pregnancy centers did not give women accurate information. She vowed to remove TitleX funding from pro-life PRC’s. “If elected, I am going to require that for any state that passes legislation… if they have a history of passing legislation that has interfered with or suppressed a woman’s access to reproductive health [abortion] that anything that they propose and pass has to be reviewed by my Department of Justice to determine whether it complies with the Constitution of the United States and Roe v. Wade….” (Click here for video.)
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper: The governor was asked by a mental health clinician (an abortion facility escort for late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart in Nebraska) how he would “expand abortion.” His response was to essentially call abortion an “inalienable right” and vowed to use government to stop “false information” from pro-life pregnancy centers so the information is “clear and based on science. How about we try science for a little bit?” he asked, clearly ignoring the science of human fetal development.
“If I’m president, you’re going to see a magnificent expansion of Title X funds to make sure that all women get access to their reproductive rights.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren:“We need to pass a federal law to make Roe v. Wade the rule of the law all across this country… making sure that Planned Parenthood… are everywhere and available to everyone.” (Click here for video.)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “Planned Parenthood is a real beacon to a lot of people in my state…. I will appoint justice and judges who understand that freedom includes access to reproductive health and reproductive rights for women in this country….” (Click here to see video.)
The governor then defended the sub-par Whole Woman’s Health abortion facility initially denied a license to operate in South Bend, Indiana. “That’s why we need federal action to establish that states cannot pass these backdoor restrictions….”
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Can we just be clear that if you’re a Democrat, you’re against the Hyde Amendment, period?… No more Hyde Amendment, it’s over, that’s a part of our history…. We need to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law once and for all….” (Click here to see video.)
Vice President Joe Biden: “First thing I would do as your president … I would codify Roe v. Wade as defined by Casey. It should be the law.” Biden also claimed, “Planned Parenthood, you are the ones who are providing for all of the healthcare for poor women in more ways that no one else has been able to do” — an unbelievably dishonest statement that you can read more about here. (Click here for video.)
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee: “[W]e will get rid of the Hyde Amendment…. Everybody in the business of healthcare ought to provide reproductive services.”
Referring to he and his wife, he called “choice” a/k/a abortion “core to who we are…. We have to be warriors for this freedom there is no middle ground on this.”
Marianne Williamson: “This is a justice issue…” Quoting the Declaration of Independence, Williamson said, “All men…All humans have unalienable rights… Having reproductive choice is necessary for us to pursue happiness.”
Former Congressman John Delaney: “The first thing I’ll do [as president] is make sure that Planned Parenthood and other organizations… that people will be able to access that care [abortion.] The best way for us to do that is to create a universal health care system… including access to women’s health and abortion services.”
Secretary Julián Castro: “I’d be a president that champions reproductive health care… embracing a woman’s right to have an abortion…. I choose reproductive health care… for the people of America…. We’re going to appoint… judges who… understand the importance of upholding Roe v. Wade….”
Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke: “In 2021, in our administration, we’re going to live according to our values and our interests, to our foundational principle that we are all created equal, and to the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, which is the settled law of the land as far as I’m concerned, for everyone.” The contradictions in his statement are striking.
Senator Bernie Sanders: “If we’re going to talk about healthcare for all… yes, abortion rights are part of what Medicare for All is…. So, under our legislation, it repeals in a sense the Hyde Amendment and it guarantees everybody in the country comprehensive healthcare including reproductive rights and abortion rights….”
“… And, I know about these so-called pregnancy crisis centers, um, the antidote to that is to make sure that real healthcare centers are adequately funded…. and, Planned Parenthood… they do a very good job on sex education… and Planned Parenthood is giving honest advice to young people… and I congratulate Planned Parenthood for doing that as well….” (Click here for video.)
Andrew Yang: “First, I just want to thank everyone here for your activism… in protecting women’s reproductive rights….”
Yang then vowed to repeal the Hyde Amendment. “[N]o one should feel like they’re forced to have a child because of restrictions on abortion or reproductive care….”
To Planned Parenthood workers in the audience, Yang stated, “There’s so many people around the country who benefit from your work…. I want to say how grateful I am for what you do…. I don’t think male legislatures should have anything to do with making decisions about women’s reproductive rights. I actually feel self-conscious answering questions about it….”
Congressman Eric Swalwell: “As president I would only appoint justices that upheld the Roe decision…. I will be a president who negotiates up on this issue rather than down…. What we must do is repeal the discriminatory Hyde Amendment…. We should have free contraception in the United States across the board… and we also should expand sex education in America…. You’ll have a president who believes it’s a woman’s body, a woman’s choice….”
Senator Cory Booker: “If I’m president of the United States one of the things I am going to do to lower costs is to make sure we fully fund organizations like Planned Parenthood…”
Booker called pro-life laws in Alabama “An assault on human rights…”
“I promise you as president of the United States I am going to fight to tear down the Hyde Amendment…”
Senator Amy Klobuchar: “The first thing we need to do is to reverse the Hyde Amendment … The second thing we need to do … is to repeal the gag rule and make sure we fund Planned Parenthood … The third thing would be to codify Roe v. Wade.”
Congressmen Tim Ryan and Seth Moulton, with Senator Michael Bennet all focused on repealing the Hyde Amendment and making taxpayers foot the bill for the abortions of low-income people.
The event was live streamed by NowThis and can be viewed below:
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