While many states across the U.S. are moving in a pro-life direction, protecting unborn babies by passing “heartbeat” bills, few of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have explicitly stated whether or not they support late-term abortion.
A recent analysis from Politico specifically stated that no 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have come out against “late-term” abortions and that most of the candidates support no restrictions — which means they support allowing abortions all the way up until the moment of birth — even though they may try to avoid the issue by being too vague.
Recent polling has found that 55% of Americans support pro-life “heartbeat” bills — legislation that bans abortion once a heartbeat is detectable — and that only 13% support third-trimester, late-term abortions.
CDC statistics show that out of the 638,169 abortions that were performed in 2015, 1.3% of those abortions were performed at ≥21 weeks’ gestation — equivalent to 8,296 babies.
Here’s where all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on the issue of abortion:
Michael Bennet: “Health care decisions should be in the hands of women and their families. Period.”
Joe Biden: The Democratic front runner does not mention abortion anywhere on his website, does not support the “heartbeat” bills, and says that it’s something that should remain between a woman and her doctor.
Bill de Blasio: De Blasio slammed the Alabama pro-life bill as “vile and illegal.” De Blasio explicitly signaled support for late-term abortions earlier this year when he said that he “applaud[ed]” New York’s new law that effectively allows abortion up until the moment of birth.
Cory Booker: Booker said at a town hall: “I support the law of the land as it stands right now, which is Roe v. Wade.”
Booker voted “NO” in the Senate this year on a bill that would’ve required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion.
Steve Bullock: When asked in a recent interview what kind of restrictions should be placed on abortion, Bullock refused to name any restrictions he would implement and stated that he allowed no restrictions as Montana governor.
Pete Buttigieg: When asked, Buttigieg refused to name any restrictions that he would place on abortion.
Julian Castro: Castro tweeted: “We can protect a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body because for women, access to reproductive healthcare is an economic issue.”
John Delaney: Delaney has explicitly stated that he supports late-term abortion, saying: “I support abortions later in the pregnancies, which I think is the right term when it is an issue of the woman’s health, when the mother has a significant health care issue.”
Tulsi Gabbard: Gabbard has remained quiet on the issue. Vox notes that she “supports using federal dollars to pay for abortions.”
Kirsten Gillibrand: In a tweet last week, Gillibrand said that she would “block state restrictions” on abortion.
Gillibrand voted “NO” in the Senate this year on a bill that would’ve required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion.
Kamala Harris: Harris has signaled that she supports no restrictions on abortion, tweeting: “I am sick and tired of Republican politicians restricting women’s access to reproductive health care, especially abortion. We have got to build a coalition of Americans who will fight to ensure women get the care they need.”
Harris voted “NO” in the Senate this year on a bill that would’ve required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion.
John Hickenlooper: Hickenlooper has stated that he would challenge restrictions on abortions. Hickenlooper has also stated: “I think that the Supreme Court has already drawn that line and that in this country, women are allowed that final decision of those issues that most directly affect their health care. ”
Jay Inslee: Inslee has not stated if he supports late-term abortion, but has tweeted that he worked to expand “reproductive freedom” in the State of Washington.
Amy Klobuchar: Klobuchar has stated that she supports late-term abortion in some circumstances, saying: “I believe in Roe v. Wade, and those rights that we have there, those are the rights of our country. Of course, there are limits there in the third trimester that are very important about, except for the health of the woman, there are some limits there. I think overall what we want to do is make sure that women have the rights, right, to make their own decision.”
Klobuchar voted “NO” in the Senate this year on a bill that would’ve required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion.
Wayne Messam: Vox notes that on his website, Messam states: “I trust women to make their own decisions when it comes to their health. Period.”
Seth Moulton: Moulton has not stated whether he supports late-term abortion, but did recently tweet that he is “committed to only nominating judges who would uphold Roe v. Wade.“
Beto O’Rourke: When asked about if he supports abortion up until the moment of birth, O’Rourke said: “That should be a decision that the woman makes.”
O’Rourke has also signaled that he would have voted against a GOP Senate bill that would have required doctors to provide medical care to babies who are born alive following an abortion.
O’Rourke has also stated: “I think those decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor. I know better than to assume anything about a woman’s decision, an incredibly difficult decision, when it comes to her reproductive rights.”
Tim Ryan: Vox notes Ryan “went into Congress pro-life … however, that he changed his mind when he met women who were in difficult circumstances and announced his switch to pro-choice in 2015. Ryan has said he supports backing judges that uphold Roe v. Wade.”
Ryan has also said that bans on abortions should stop, tweeting: “A doctor’s office is for a woman, her family, and her physician — not the government. Full stop.”
Bernie Sanders: Sanders voted “NO” in the Senate this year on a bill that would’ve required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion and recently refused to say that he supports any restrictions on abortion.
Eric Swalwell: Swalwell has been relatively quiet on abortion. He has encouraged people to donate to pro-abortion groups.
Elizabeth Warren: An aide for Warren told CNBC that she is “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and believes that politicians shouldn’t interfere in choices that are between a woman and her doctor.”
Warren voted “NO” in the Senate this year on a bill that would’ve required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after an attempted abortion.
Marianne Williamson: Williamson has stated: “Other than the injunction against sex with children, which is universal and I think we all agree with, except for that one, I do not believe the government should be telling people to do with their bodies, what they must do or what they must not do.”
Andrew Yang: Yang has tweeted that women should decide on their own “rights and freedoms.”