Julian Castro on Abortion

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary


Codify Roe v. Wade, repeal Hyde Amendment

Q: What about adding new Supreme Court seats to create a liberal majority and protect things like abortion rights?

V.P. Joe BIDEN: I would not pack the Court. What I would do is make sure that the people that I recommended for the Court [would] support the right of privacy.

Mayor Pete BUTTIGIEG: I'm not talking about packing the Court just with people who agree with me. What I'm talking about is reforms that will depoliticize the Court.

CASTRO: I wouldn't pack the Court. The might be to look at term limits or having people cycle off from the appellate courts. So that you would have a replenishment of perspective. I would also make sure that I appoint, as president, people who respect the precedent of Roe v. Wade. That we codify Roe v. Wade. That we do away with things like the Hyde Amendment because you shouldn't only be able to have reproductive freedom if you have money. We have to concern ourselves not only with reproductive freedom but also reproductiv

Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate , Oct 15, 2019

I believe in reproductive freedom and reproductive justice

Q: All of you on stage support a woman's right to an abortion. You all support some version of a government health care option. Would your plan cover abortion?

CASTRO: Yes, it would. I don't believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. What that means is that just because a woman is poor, doesn't mean they shouldn't have the right to exercise that right to choose. And so I absolutely would cover the right to have an abortion. More than that, everybody in this crowd and watching at home knows that in our country today, a person's right to choose is under assault in places like Missouri, in Alabama, in Georgia. I would appoint judges to the federal bench that understand the precedent of Roe v. Wade and will respect it. And in addition to that, make sure that we fight hard as we transition our health care system to one where everybody can get and exercise that right.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami) , Jun 26, 2019

I believe in a woman's right to choose

"I believe in a woman's right to choose, it is an issue of reproductive freedom and justice," he said at the "She the People" Presidential Forum in Houston on April 24.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 22, 2019

Opposed Texas blocking abortions after 20 weeks

Castro opposed Texas legislation to prevent abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Source: Townhall.com: "The 2020 Democrats" (presidential hopefuls) , Feb 4, 2019

Allow abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

Castro is a Roman Catholic who supports legal abortion access and gay rights. He vigorously opposed a Texas law to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and limit facilities and access to abortions in general. Castro has long supported same-sex marriage, serving as Grand Marshal of the 2009 San Antonio Gay Pride parade. In 2017, he tweeted that the military should allow Americans of all gender identities to serve in the military.
Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2019

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Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee)
Bill de Blasio (D,NYC)
Rahm Emanuel (D,Chicago)
Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

Former Mayors:
Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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