In a commentary published in Medium.com, Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced what he would do to expand abortion access on the first day, if elected president of the United States.
First, Booker says he would create a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom,” which would be “charged with coordinating and affirmatively advancing abortion rights and access to reproductive health care across my Administration.”
The commentary states that “abortion is health care.”
Second, he promises to “end the ‘domestic gag rule’” or Mexico City Policy, which prohibits non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funds from using those funds for abortions. In addition, Booker says he would expand the “the Title X Family Planning Program.”
Booker also would “guarantee access to employer-covered contraceptive care” because “birth control should be covered and protected by the Affordable Care Act.” He does not mention if there would be exceptions in cases in which the employer has a religious objection to paying for an employee’s birth control that can act as an abortifacient.
Booker also promises to “restore evidence-based guidelines for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program” because he disapproves of the Trump Administration prioritizing funding for abstinence-only programs.
The senator also pledges to end “the global gag rule and restore funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)” -- which, he explains, “forbids international organizations that receive federal funding from even mentioning the word abortion” -- by reinstating U.S. taxpayer dollars to the UNFPA.
Booker also promises to do the following if elected president in 2020:
-- Nominate judges who are committed to upholding reproductive rights.
-- Pass legislation to codify the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.
-- Repeal the Hyde Amendment.