Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, N.J., seized on the national abortion debate Tuesday, unveiling an expansive abortion rights plan as part of his campaign platform that would involve the creation of a White House office dedicated to abortion.
“On Day One, I will 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,” Booker pledged in a statement Tuesday, “addressing all barriers to full reproductive autonomy, such as access to health care, including maternal and infant health, quality, affordable child care, and comprehensive paid family leave.”
Booker’s sweeping “reproductive rights” plan would also reverse the pro-life executive orders from President Donald Trump that bar federal funds from assisting organizations that promote or facilitate abortions; end the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funds from being used to procure abortions; and once again force employer health plans to cover the cost of contraception.
“It has never been more important to stand in solidarity and join the fight to ensure that all women have access to reproductive health care and abortion rights,” Booker’s statement concluded. “These far-right attacks on women’s rights must be understood as an attack on all of our rights.”
The announcement of Booker’s abortion plan comes in the wake of a national discussion over pro-life laws in Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama, which either restrict abortion to the first few weeks of pregnancy or outlaw the process altogether.
In addition to the proposal, Booker also wrote “An Open Letter to Men on Abortion” last week for GQ, in which he wrote: “Men, it’s on us to listen, to speak out, and to take action. Not because women are our mothers, sisters, wives or friends — but because women are people. And all people deserve to control their own bodies.”
Abortion has become a major discussion point in the 2020 Democratic primary, and that discussion has mainly been a contest of who can move the furthest to the Left on the issue. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., tried to use Christianity to justify abortion, Joe Biden has now flip-flopped on the Hyde Amendment, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to hamstring states’ abilities to pass pro-life laws.