2020 presidential hopefuls to speak at Planned Parenthood abortion forum in SC

Democrats who want to be elected president in 2020 will be busy next weekend in South Carolina, after the Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced it will be holding a candidate forum at the same time as the S.C. Democratic Party Convention.

Of the 22 presidential hopefuls announced as speakers for the state party convention, 20 will be participating in the forum, which will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at the University of South Carolina’s Alumni Center.

“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 said, according to the statement. “If the 13 million+ Planned Parenthood supporters turn out to the polls and activate their networks, they can tip the 2020 election.”

The following Democratic presidential hopefuls are scheduled to speak about their positions on reproductive health care and abortion rights:

  • Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota
  • Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Businessman Andrew Yang

The event coincides with the S.C. Democratic Convention, which is being held across the city at the Columbia Convention Center. All hopefuls participating in the Planned Parenthood Forum are also listed as convention speakers.

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Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.