Planned Parenthood To Grill Democratic Candidates About Records On Abortion

16 Candidates Have Signed On So Far

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Planned Parenthood will host a forum in late June with major Democratic presidential candidates where the candidates will face one-on-one questioning about their stances on abortion.

The candidates will be individually questioned for 15 minutes apiece about their support and records on abortion and access to contraception, The New York Times reports.

16 of the 23 Democratic candidates will attend the forum on June 22 in South Carolina, and more are expected to join. Major names already attending include Sens. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D.).

Both Harris and Warren have 100% pro-choice voting records, LifeNews reported.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been dealing with criticism over his decision to reverse his support for the Hyde Amendment, will also attend.  Biden supported the amendment, which restricts the use of federal funds for abortion, for decades, going as far as to say that he was the "odd man out" of the Democratic Party due to his limited support for abortion in 2006.

At the time, Biden credited the remark to his opposition to public funding of abortion and partial-birth abortion.

After several contradictory statements, a Biden aide clarified that the Delaware senator now no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, saying that the decision was not "about politics."

Other presidential candidates voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act earlier this year. The act would have required doctors to care for infants who survived late-term abortions. It failed by a vote of 53-44, falling short of a 60-vote threshold.

Warren, Sanders, Harris, along with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Cory Booker (D., N.J.), and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) all voted against the act.

Their votes were out of step with the vast majority of the American people. A Susan B. Anthony list poll found 77 percent of general election voters favored providing medical care for an abortion-surviving infant, and that 62 percent opposed late-term abortions.

Planned Parenthood is expected to spend heavily for the eventual Democratic nominee. In the 2018 midterm cycle, the organization spent over $50 million in support of Democratic House and Senate candidates.