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Open Letter to 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Open Letter to 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates

This open letter is being sent to each Democratic candidate for President of the United States. We will publish and make public the answer or non-answer from each candidate by September 25, 2015.


In a speech given to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Senator Bernie Sanders said:

“I know that there are differences in this room on abortion, on gay marriage, on guns, whatever it may be. Fine, let’s have our differences. But when it comes to whether or not our kids can go to college, whether or not we’re going to make it easier for workers to join unions, whether or not we’re going to have a trade policy which creates jobs in this country or whether it creates jobs in China, whether or not college is affordable, whether or not all Americans are entitled to health care as a right, let us stand together and not be divided.”

This quote prompted our question, based on the following scenario. The current House and Senate have added completely unrelated amendments to bills perceived to be a must-sign by President Obama in hopes of furthering their extreme-right attack on our rights. Therefore: If you are elected President and inherit a GOP-run Senate and House, and they pass a clean bill to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, but with one add-on: a 20-week abortion ban, would you sign or veto the bill and why?


Please respond to the question by September 25, 2015 to President@unitewomen.org. Thank you.


One Comment
  • September 23rd, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    I’m extremely interesting in the candidates’ response to this question. Particularly, with Roe v. Wade already being the law. Will our presidential hopefuls being willing to change an existing law, in order to pass a new law? With women’s health being the sacrifice?

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