The Democrats have been raising concerns against the laws that restrict abortion rights and violate the basic rights of the women from a long time. With 12 attorney general races scheduled in 2020, the Democratic Attorney General Association (DAGA) has decided to display a united stand against the laws restricting abortion.
And to stand true to their commitment, the organization has pledged to not support any candidate who is a “pro-life” supporter. While announcing their stance ahead of the 2020 attorney general elections, the organization has claimed that it will not provide either financial or other sort of assistance to the hopefuls, if they have a “pro-life” stance.
The announcement will not have an adverse impact on the campaign of most of the candidates. However, there are high possibilities that DAGA’s announcement to support abortion rights, might affect Mississippi hopeful Jim Hood and his campaign.
Currently, Hood is the only candidate supporting “pro-life”. And, due to his stubborn stance, Hood lost the race for the Mississippi Governor in the state elections conducted on November 5.
Prior to the state elections, when the pro-advocacy groups and the Democrats were voicing concerns against the abortion ban, Hood gave a controversial justification, defending the ‘heartbeat’ bill.
He said, “The Bible states that God knows us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:4-5), and that’s why I’m firmly pro-life. I have defended in court every single law passed protecting the unborn, including the 15-week ban and the most recent ‘heartbeat bill.’ As governor, I will defend the unborn and the laws of Mississippi.”
On the other hand, DAGA’s decision might force Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to take similar stance for abortion rights, especially ahead of the 2020 attorney general and presidential elections.
Co-chairperson of the group and Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum justified the newly formed stern stance of the organization, saying “As the battle for reproductive rights unfolds at the ballot box, in statehouses, and courtrooms across this country, there is no group of elected officials better positioned to lead the fight for our rights than state Attorneys General.”
“That is why electing Democratic AGs who are committed to protecting reproductive freedom, especially for the most vulnerable communities, has never been more important,” she added.
While some of the women presidential hopefuls have supported the move, the male presidential hopefuls are yet to do the same. With the fifth Democratic debate just a day away, will supporting the abortion rights give upper hand to Warren and Harris and pose a threat to performance of other 2020 hopefuls in the debate?