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All Democratic presidential candidates back taxpayer-funded abortions

All Democratic presidential candidates back taxpayer-funded abortions

Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), arrive on stage before the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios November 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Every Democratic presidential candidate that remains in the race is now on record saying they support taxpayer-funded abortion at the federal level.

In a New York Times survey, the results of which were released Monday, the newspaper reached out to every Democratic candidate for president about their views on abortion, and published their responses to a set of questions about specific policies.

All but five of them completed a survey where they were asked to elaborate further on their views. For those who did not respond, the paper determined their stances on the issue from other publicly available sources, such as interviews, debates and forums, and the candidate’s published plans.

All of the candidates are now on record saying “Yes” when asked if they would “codify Roe v. Wade” and “repeal the Hyde amendment,” the legislative provision first instituted in 1976 that forbids the use of federal funds through Medicaid or other government entities to pay for abortions. For decades the amendment had notable bipartisan support.

Every candidate surveyed said they would preserve government funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Nearly all also responded affirmatively that they would “ban abstinence-only sex education.” A majority said they would force private insurers to cover abortions as part of their plans.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., went so far as to say that he would create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom “charged with coordinating and affirmatively advancing abortion rights and access to reproductive health care across my administration.”

Asked to respond to whether abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” — a phrase that was first used by former President Bill Clinton and affirmed by other Democrats — he said: “I believe that abortion is health care.”

Other candidates readily noted abortion should be safe and legal, but did not say one way or the other about whether it should be rare.

Candidates were also asked about whether they would repeal a 1973 provision passed by the U.S. Congress in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, called the Helms amendment, limiting the use of U.S. foreign assistance dollars for abortion. Most have said they are in favor of scrapping it. Former Vice…

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