February 7, 2020 - Candidates Asked if They Would have a “Litmus Test” on Abortion Rights in Choosing Supreme Court Justices

At the eighth Democratic presidential debate, moderator David Muir asks multiple candidates whether or not they would have a “litmus test” in selecting Supreme Court justices to ensure they supported women’s right to abortions. Biden responds by touting his role in selecting progressive women justices like Kagan, Sotomayor, and Ginsburg, who he argues have defended this right. He goes on affirm his commitment to protecting a woman’s right to choose. Warren describes the class-based inequities that would be amplified by removing access to abortions and urges a congressional solution. Klobuchar affirms that she would “only appoint judges that would respect precedent and one of those key precedents is Roe v. Wade.” Supporting a federal law to provide abortion access, she adds she we must make this case “strongly and loudly.”