In the wake of the stir caused by some of the Republicans’ majority states passing the most controversial abortion bill in the history of the United States, Democratic presidential hopefuls are using this to benefit their own campaigns.
The Democratic candidates have been talking about the importance of health care and its easy access, along with defending the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The strict abortion bill passed by Alabama and Missouri have been described as “dangerous and exceptionally cruel” by the 2020 hopefuls.
“The Georgia and Alabama abortion bans are wrong. They are dangerous. They are unconstitutional. And they are out of step with the majority of Americans,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also aiming to win the 2020 election race, believes that the Roe v. Wade decision should not be overturned.
“Vice President Biden firmly believes that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and should not be overturned,” Biden’s campaign spokesperson said in a statement. “Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri are passing extreme laws in order to prevent a woman to be able to have an abortion under virtually any circumstance. Roe v. Wade lays out a constitutional guarantee that a woman can, in fact, make a choice between she and her doctor. Biden believes that codifying Roe through legislation must be pursued.”
Biden’s statement follows the on-going calls for Congress to take action on the issue of women being deprived of their reproductive rights after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the most restrictive abortion bill.
Though Biden said the “choice should remain between a woman and her doctor,” he is also being criticized for not supporting the Roe v. Wade in 1970s and voting to ban late-term abortions.
While most of the Democratic hopefuls have raised their voices against the abortion bill passed in some of the red states, some have also proposed policy plans to handle the restrictions implemented on women.
Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “When we pass Medicare for All, we will be guaranteeing a woman’s right to control her own body by covering comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion.” If elected, Sanders is willing to fund Planned Parenthood and Title IX completely.
While protecting abortion rights is now Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s main policy component, Sen. Cory Booker intends to codify the Roe v. Wade decision into law.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan for the protection of the abortion rights last week. Her plan includes the codifying of the Roe v. Wade decision and passing of the Women’s Health Protection Act that would not allow any state to deny abortion to any women.
Former Sen. Mike Gravel seeks to introduce a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortions as well as gender transitions. Gravel also seeks to ban “predatory” crisis pregnancy centers and laws due to which private insurers escape from bearing the cost of abortions.
The abortion bill has not gone down well with many Republicans too, but most of them chose to just stay away from the law. Republican Sen. Susan Collins called the law “very extreme” and “terrible”.