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 WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus 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.