Where do nine presidential candidates stand on abortion?

Since Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022, the issue of abortion has played a significant role in political campaigns across the country. On Monday, at the behest of the Trump Campaign, the Republican National Convention Platform Committee released a draft platform that stripped the guiding document of the Party of its commitment to protecting innocent life. Previously, it included a section supporting the extension of 14th Amendment protections to children prior to birth and adding a fetal personhood amendment to the Constitution, along with other proposals to protect fetal life. The new document also removed references to traditional marriage and cut any reference to fiscal conservatism or the national debt. As such, the Indiana Commons thought it important to review where the various candidates for president claim to stand on abortion in this new political landscape.

Pro-Life

Peter Sonski of the American Solidarity Party

  • Sonski is a former radio host, Director of Communications for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and Assistant Editor at the National Catholic Register, and local Connecticut school board member.
  • He endorses the consistent life ethic.
  • He supports a fetal personhood amendment to the Constitution, or extending 14th Amendment protections to children prior to birth.
  • In Indiana, Sonski has certified write-in ballot access.

Randall Terry of the Constitution Party

  • Terry is an anti-abortion activist who founded the group Operation Rescue.
  • He supports a fetal personhood amendment to the Constitution, or extending 14th Amendment protections to children prior to birth.

Pro-Choice

Donald Trump of the GOP

Ronald F. Kennedy Jr. (Independent)

  • Kennedy is the nephew of former president John F. Kennedy and an environmentalist.
  • Has shifted his view on abortion but suggested there was a “national consensus” that abortion should be legal up until a certain number of weeks, but restricted after viability.
  • He supports addressing perceived underlying economic causes of abortion, and wants to make childcare more affordable.
  • Running mate Nicole Shanahan has been vocally critical of the IVF industry for its connection to private equity and has claimed the industry fails to ensure informed consent is received from patients.
  • Kennedy is set to have full ballot access in Indiana.
  • Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Pro-abortion

Chase Oliver of the Libertarian Party

  • Oliver is a sales account executive and activist.
  • Opposes federal funding for abortion.
  • Supports abortion until viability.
  • Supports IVF.
  • Believes abortion is a personal decision and “keeping the government out of the decision.”
  • Oliver has ballot access in Indiana.
  • Photo Credit: Brian Cahn/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

Joe Biden of the Democratic Party

  • Supports codification of Roe v. Wade, which would ban regulation of abortion before viability.
  • Supports national access to abortion pills.
  • Supports federal funding for abortion.
  • Photo Credit: REUTERS/Nathan Howard

Jill Stein of the Green Party

Cornell West (Independent)

  • West is a socialist academic and Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
  • Believes abortion access is a fundamental right, and access should be guaranteed, regardless of socioeconomic status or location.
  • Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP

Claudia De La Cruz of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

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