Abortion rights group to host presidential forum on reproductive rights

Abortion rights group to host presidential forum on reproductive rights
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NARAL Pro-Choice America will host a presidential forum focused on reproductive rights and abortion, the group announced on Thursday.

The forum will take place in the second to last week in January in Des Moines, Iowa, a key primary state. 

The abortion rights campaign group said the forum would feature Democratic presidential candidates, but did not provide a list of who is expected to attend. 

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"We are pleased that the Democratic field stands with us on these critical issues and look forward to bringing candidates together for a rich discussion on how they plan to counter the extreme but vocal minority who wants to roll back progress and champion abortion rights in 2020 and beyond," said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. 

Candidates will discuss their plans related to abortion, contraception, paid family leave, gender equity and maternal mortality. 

NARAL has already held town halls this year with Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide MORE (I-Vt.).

Planned Parenthood held a similar forum this summer, where nearly every candidate spoke about their plans to protect access to abortion and other women's health care services. 

Polls show the abortion issue will play a large role in the 2020 elections. 

A Monmouth poll released in June showed 64 percent of voters said the issue of abortion will play an important role in who they vote for president. 

A series of bans and restrictions on the procedure passed this summer in conservative states has galvanized abortion rights activists.