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March 15, 2020 / Press Releases

Democratic Candidates Biden and Sanders Race to Showcase Who Best Supports Reproductive Freedom at Democratic Debate


As country watches eagerly for candidates’ leadership amidst national emergency, both candidates demonstrate that support for reproductive freedom is non-negotiable 

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement following Sunday night’s Democratic debate, where Democratic contenders Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden tussled over their support for reproductive freedom:

“We are proud that NARAL’s scorecard is seen as the gold standard for support for reproductive freedom. We know that our fundamental rights are under attack in unprecedented ways. Both candidates need to demonstrate their unequivocal commitment to Roe v. Wade and safeguarding abortion access. When Joe Biden fell short of that commitment, supporting the discriminatory Hyde Amendment, we pushed him along with our partners committed to reproductive justice. We will continue to push him to take a stronger stance. He must demonstrate that he will prioritize the critical issue of reproductive freedom as president. Similarly, when Bernie Sanders backed an anti-choice Democratic candidate, we held him to account. Bernie Sanders recently released a revamped plan on reproductive rights and we encourage Joe Biden to quickly follow suit. Given how much is at stake, voters need to see bold and concrete plans on where the candidates stand on reproductive freedom.”

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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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