Last week, Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country, banning abortion in almost all cases with the exception of some instances where the mother’s life is in danger.
That ban followed a Georgia law -- a “heartbeat” law -- that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
In April, Indiana passed a law that all but bans a type of second-trimester abortion.
As a wave of anti-abortion legislation continues in state legislatures during the runup to the 2020 election, here’s a look at what Democratic candidates for president have said -- via tweet -- about the new legislation and where they stand on the issue:
Women across the country should have the right to a safe, legal, and accessible abortion. Period.— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) May 21, 2019
It’s a disgrace that we’re on the front lines of this same battle once again.
We cannot move backwards.
We need to #StopTheBans.
States across the nation are passing extreme laws that violate a woman’s constitutional right to choose. These bills are a blatant attempt to overturn Roe v Wade. It's wrong. It's pernicious. We must #StopTheBans and ensure this choice remains between a woman and her doctor. pic.twitter.com/J4FL9nQgol— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 21, 2019
.@SenBooker: “To all the men who are here, we MUST wake up more men to join this fight. NOT just because we have daughters and mothers and wives. But because this is an assault on human dignity, on freedom.” 👏👏👏 #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/xuVD8k8av4— NARAL (@NARAL) May 21, 2019
The places that attack women's reproductive rights are the same places where it's hard to get a living wage, and the same places where you're seeing voter suppression that seems to be directed at communities of color. All of these things are connected. #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/nfh16XbMtK— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) May 21, 2019
Women's access to abortion and reproductive health services are under attack. This moment demands that we defend against these dangerous efforts, and recommit to defending women’s autonomy. #StopTheBans— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 21, 2019
Bill de Blasio
New York City has a message for the small group of extremists out to criminalize abortion: Hands off.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 21, 2019
Hands off women's choices, hands off women’s bodies and hands off women's rights. In this country, women make their own health care decisions. #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/ios3IktpuT
The new abortion laws are not only an unconstitutional restriction on female freedom, they are a blatant attempt to control women and their bodies. We will not stand for this. #AbortionIsAWomansRight pic.twitter.com/uVsoHE7Apo— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) May 17, 2019
The #AlabamaAbortionBIll is extremely dangerous. It completely takes away the freedom of women to choose whether or not to have an abortion--even if a woman/girl is a victim of rape or incest. This law must be rejected. #AbortionIsAWomansRight— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) May 16, 2019
Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 16, 2019
No exceptions for rape or incest.
Doctors could face 99 years in prison for providing abortions.
This is a war on women, and it’s time to fight like hell. Will you chip in to help guarantee my spot on the debate stage?
Republican lawmakers in states like Louisiana, Alabama, and Missouri are actively working to eliminate women’s access to safe, legal abortion. It’s a direct effort to criminalize women for their health care decisions. This is unacceptable.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 14, 2019
In Colorado, we didn't strip women of their fundamental rights, we empowered them to make their own decisions. The results speak for themselves.— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) May 17, 2019
#HB314 isn't about preventing unplanned pregnancies, it's an attack on women. pic.twitter.com/WOujpi7bzt
Here’s what we’ve done in Washington to protect women’s reproductive rights. It is the exact opposite of Alabama. https://t.co/R7GhKC5NLF— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 15, 2019
Women’s reproductive rights are under attack across the country. I’m here on the Supreme Court steps at the rally to take back our rights. Today we must stand together to #StopTheBans. I will always stand up for women’s health care. https://t.co/vsVVSOPCoF— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 21, 2019
A woman’s right to reproductive choice is settled law. This is an incredibly difficult decision for a woman and her family. If a medical professional believes a procedure like this is necessary, then the government should not intervene. https://t.co/jWvl2HkIJn— Wayne Messam (@WayneMessam) May 15, 2019
2020 Democratic candidate Rep. Seth Moulton on Alabama's restrictive abortion bill: “It’s absolutely disgusting ... we should not even be having this debate about women’s right to their own healthcare” https://t.co/mSyleaGebt pic.twitter.com/LXHmjruYyQ— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 15, 2019
For too long, women have been leading this fight, shouldering the burden of making sure their reproductive rights are protected. It’s time that all of us join them in this fight. pic.twitter.com/wA3yYSZ2KX— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 22, 2019
On abortion one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families.https://t.co/n36scpa6Tf— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) May 17, 2019
Abortion is health care, it is a woman’s constitutional right, and people in every state in this country are ready to defend that right. Together, we are going to #StopTheBans and end the attacks on women's rights.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 21, 2019
We will protect women and their rights, no matter what. We will cement Roe V Wade into law and repeal the Hyde amendment. pic.twitter.com/A364UIXtoQ— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) May 22, 2019
Alabama lawmakers have voted to effectively ban abortion in the state. We see this for what it is: a direct attack on Roe v. Wade, and on women all across this country.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 15, 2019
We will fight these attacks every step of the way.
“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, well-being & dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When govt controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.” - RBG— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) May 16, 2019
The Alabama law banning and criminalizing abortion even in cases of rape or incest is a dramatic step in the wrong direction. Government should not be making decisions on behalf of women. I would protect women’s right to choose.— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) May 15, 2019
People hold up signs in favor of legal abortion during a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. A coalition of dozens of groups held a National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, with other events planned throughout the week.
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