WASHINGTON (BP) – Democrats have plenty of choices for a presidential nominee in 2020 but not when it comes to the abortion issue.
As of March 4, 195 candidates had filed with the Federal Election Commission for the Democratic nomination for president, according to Ballotpedia. They are seeking to be the nominee of a party committed to abortion rights. In fact, 8 of these 12 candidates are so devoted to assuring a dead child is the result of every abortion attempt that they have opposed congressional legislation to protect a baby who survives the procedure.
For the distinct minority of Democrats who describe themselves as pro-life, the party and its presidential candidates offer a bleak picture. Here, in alphabetical order, is a look at 12 leading candidates who have announced their campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination and their support for abortion rights:
The senator from New Jersey has a zero percent pro-life voting record since taking office in 2013, according to the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). The former mayor of Newark voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in February.
The mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan has no voting record on abortion rights but seemed to indicate to MSNBC his support for laws like a recently enacted New York measure that legalizes abortion until birth. Buttigieg, who is in a same-sex marriage, vetoed a rezoning ordinance last year that would have allowed a pro-life pregnancy center to locate adjacent to a proposed abortion clinic, according to the South Bend Tribune.
The former San Antonio mayor and Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama seems to have said little in the public record on the issue but called for protecting the right to abortion in a January speech launching his campaign, the Austin American-Statesman reported. He opposed a Texas law to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The former Maryland congressman received a score of zero from the NRLC during his three terms in the House of Representatives (2013 to 2019). He voted in 2018 against the House version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The congresswoman from Hawaii has a zero percent rating from the NRLC while serving in the House since 2013. Last year, Gabbard opposed the House bill to provide health care to babies who survive abortions.
The second-term senator from New York has scored zero from the NRLC since entering the Senate in 2009. The pro-life organization also gave her a zero rating during her House service from 2o07 to 2009. Gillibrand voted in February against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The first-term senator from California has a score of zero from the NRLC since 2017. She opposed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in February. According to a transcript of her presidential launch speech, the former California attorney general said she will fight for an America in which “reproductive rights are not just protected by the Constitution of the United States but guaranteed in every state.”
The former governor of Colorado (2011-2019) backs abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, the country’s No. 1 abortion provider, according to The Denver Post. He has said a reason he would refuse to be part of a unity ticket with Republican John Kasich is because the former Ohio governor does not support Planned Parenthood, according to The Post. Hickenlooper opposed the new federal rule that eliminates family planning funds for organizations that perform or promote abortions.
The governor of Washington since 2013 had a zero percent rating from the NRLC while he served in the U.S. House from 1999 to 2012. His score during his first congressional term, 1993-95, was not available at the NRLC’s website. He was endorsed by leading abortion rights organizations and opposed the Trump administration’s new regulation that blocks family planning funds for organizations that perform or promote abortions.
The senator from Minnesota has a score of zero from the NRLC since joining the Senate in 2007. Klobuchar, who won election to her third Senate term in November, voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in February.
The senator from Vermont has received a zero score from the NRLC since joining the chamber in 2007. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, served in the House from 1991-2007. The NRLC gave him an 18 percent rating in both the 2001-02 and 2003-04 terms for his votes in support of bans on human cloning. He also had a score of five percent in the 1997-98 term for a vote against assisted suicide. His scores from 1991 to 1997 were not available at the NRLC’s website. In February, Sanders – who was elected to his third Senate term in November – voted against the bill to provide health care to babies who survive abortions.
The senator from Massachusetts has gained a zero rating from the NRLC since her first term began in 2013. Warren, who won election to a second Senate term in November, opposed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in February.