Here’s where every 2020 Democrat stands on abortion policy

vox | May 17, 2019

The outcry over Alabama’s abortion ban has exposed a major gap: While Democratic presidential hopefuls are fired up about the recently-passed law, few have laid out their own proposals on reproductive rights. Since Democrats are typically seen as united on the issue of abortion, the policy specifics are an area that candidates have often glossed over in the past.
Pro-abortion advocates, however, are calling for this to change: We need to hear from all of candidates what their plan is, not [just] that they’re with us on the values [front], which is really important, NARAL president Elyse Hogue said during a press call on Thursday, noting that the policy to protect abortion rights is a technical issue with thorny questions that candidates need to carefully address. It needs more than words, it needs a well-thought-out policy plan, Hogue added.

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Demotech Withdraws Financial Stability Ratings® Assigned to Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporation and Lighthouse Excalibur Insurance Company

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Freeway Insurance Expands Partnership with Trackhouse & Daniel Suárez for 2022 NASCAR Season

Freeway Insurance | February 04, 2022

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Empathy and New York Life Group Benefit Solutions Partner to Provide Bereavement Care to More Employees

Empathy | June 15, 2022

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