Planned Parenthood's "Champ Or Chump" Chart Is Everything You Need To Know About Who Supports Women's Rights Come 2016
As the field of 2016 presidential candidates gets more and more crowded, you're going to need to figure out how to distinguish one candidate from another when you decide who to vote for. While the more mainstream candidates' opinions on issues might be known, how do you determine whether the candidates without Bush/Clinton name recognition stack up? As part of its "Women Are Watching" advocacy campaign, the ace team at Planned Parenthood created a chart showing candidates' positions on women's reproductive rights, which you can see here.
The "Champ or Chump" chart gives candidates green checks if they support affordable birth control, access to abortion, and family planning, and red X marks if they don't. There's even a little explainer of each candidate's specific position on each issue, if it is known. It's a little depressing to look down the list of Republican candidates and see the vast number of red X's, and in a few cases, some blank spaces where the candidate was either too vague on exactly where he stands, or hasn't said publicly what his position actually is (probably will need to get on that soon, George Pataki).
Here's how seven of the top candidates on both sides of the aisle measured up on the reproductive rights Champ or Chump chart.
Hillary Clinton: Champ
This comes as no great surprise; Clinton has been a supporter of women's reproductive rights for some time, calling the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling "disturbing" and saying on many occasions that women should have the right to make their own reproductive decisions. Planned Parenthood gave her green checks across the board.
Jeb Bush: Chump
Another one that's not much of a surprise. Bush has described himself as "the most pro-life governor in modern times," and gained notoriety for his intervention in the Terri Schaivo case, where he sought to keep a brain-dead woman on life support against the wishes of her husband, all for the "sanctity of life." All red X's for Bush from Planned Parenthood, which pointed out he signed a law as Florida governor to create "choose life" license plates.
Carly Fiorina: Chump
She's recently attempted to redefine feminism, but the former CEO of HP got red X's for her positions on women's reproductive rights. Fiorina wants to ban abortion and wants to defund Planned Parenthood, according to the chart. She supported the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision and doesn't believe birth control should be free.
Bernie Sanders: Champ
The senator from Vermont has been a long time supporter of women's rights, and has spoken up against what he called the GOP's "war on women" Women should make their own reproductive decisions, Sanders has said, not the government. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman, her family, and physician to make, not the government. Planned Parenthood notes that he "supports expanded access to birth control."
Ted Cruz: Chump
Perhaps the most right-leaning candidate in the 2016 race, Cruz has said he wants to ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, according to the chart. Cruz has supported the 20-week abortion ban, and would defund Planned Parenthood.
Marco Rubio: Chump
The senator from Florida has said Roe vs. Wade was a bad decision by the Supreme Court, and gets all red X's on the Champ or Chump chart.
Martin O'Malley: Champ
This is an example of the chart highlighting a slightly less well-known candidate's views: Despite his Catholic upbringing, Democrat O'Malley is a longtime supporter of reproductive rights, including when he was governor of Maryland. He gets all green checks on Planned Parenthood's chart. Abortion should be up to the "individual conscience of women," O'Malley has said.
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