COLUMBIA, South Carolina, June 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Eleven Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination will descend on South Carolina next weekend for a candidate forum organized by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, presumably for the attendees to demonstrate who has the most aggressive devotion to abortion-on-demand.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the University of South Carolina, The State reported, running concurrently with the South Carolina Democrat Party Convention.
The attendees will be former Vice President Joe Biden, former Obama Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Reps. Tim Ryan and Eric Swalwell, and Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders.
“It’s crystal clear that access to reproductive health care – including safe, legal abortion – is a top issue heading into 2020,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund director Kelley Robinson declared. “If the 13 million+ Planned Parenthood supporters turn out to the polls and activate their networks, they can tip the 2020 election.”
On abortion, there is little daylight between the candidates. All are running as uncompromisingly pro-abortion; all contenders currently in the U.S. Senate also voted against basic protections for infants who survive failed abortions.
Several have endorsed legislation that would enshrine and expand Roe v. Wade in federal law, effectively banning states from passing any significant pro-life laws. Harris has proposed a plan to essentially force pro-life states to seek permission from the federal government to enact pro-life laws, with a process stacked against granting it. Booker promises to create a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom,” devoted to focusing on the abortion lobby’s priorities.
The only significant abortion-related division within the field so far has been Biden reiterating, then quickly disavowing, his past support for the Hyde Amendment, which prevents most federal tax dollars from directly funding most abortions. Biden reversed himself just a day after coming under fire for endorsing Hyde, yet insisted he changed after thinking through his healthcare plan rather than for political expediency.