health care

Would you seek to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion?

Yes

Yes

Joe Biden

Former vice president

“Yes. As president, Biden will protect and build on the progress we’ve made in ensuring access to free preventive care, including contraception, repeal the Hyde Amendment, codify Roe vs. Wade, and guarantee that access to quality affordable care — including reproductive health care — is a right, not a privilege, for everyone no matter their race or zip code,” a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Joe Biden
Biden

Michael Bennet (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Colorado

Bennet is no longer running for president. Bennet supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Michael Bennet
Bennet

Mike Bloomberg (Dropped out)

Former New York mayor

Bloomberg is no longer running for president. "Bloomberg promises to expand access to reproductive health services by working with Congress to codify Roe v. Wade and repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortion except to save a woman’s life,” his women's health plan said.

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Mike Bloomberg
Bloomberg

Cory Booker (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, New Jersey

Booker is no longer running for president. Booker supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, his reproductive rights plan said. “By ending the Hyde Amendment, we can take politicians out of decisions between women and their doctors and ensure that abortion care is accessible for all. The first budget I submit to Congress as president will not include Hyde,” the plan said.

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Cory Booker
Booker

Pete Buttigieg (Dropped out)

Former mayor, South Bend, Ind.

Buttigieg is no longer running for president. Buttigieg supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg

John Delaney (Dropped out)

Former U.S. representative, Maryland

Delaney is no longer running for president. Delaney supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, he told The Post.

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John Delaney
Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard (Dropped out)

U.S. representative, Hawaii

Gabbard is no longer running for president. Gabbard supports using federal money to pay for abortion services, she told ThinkProgress.

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Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard

Amy Klobuchar (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Minnesota

Klobuchar is no longer running for president. Klobuchar supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, she told The Post.

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Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar

Deval Patrick (Dropped out)

Former governor, Massachusetts

Patrick is no longer running for president. Patrick supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Deval Patrick
Patrick

Bernie Sanders (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Vermont

Sanders is no longer running for president. “Yes. Under Medicare-for-all, the Hyde Amendment will be repealed and all comprehensive reproductive health services will be provided free at the point of service,” a campaign spokesperson told The Post. “[Sanders] will fight the unprecedented attack against women’s rights that we are seeing today.”

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Bernie Sanders
Sanders

Tom Steyer (Dropped out)

Billionaire activist

Steyer is no longer running for president. Steyer supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, he told The Post.

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Tom Steyer
Steyer

Elizabeth Warren (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, Massachusetts

Warren is no longer running for president. “Yes, we must repeal the Hyde Amendment and the Trump Administration’s domestic gag rule and fully support Title X family planning funding,” Warren told The Post. “Everyone — no matter where they live, where they’re from, how much money they make, or the color of their skin — is entitled to the high-quality, evidence-based reproductive health care that is envisioned by Roe. Making that a reality starts with repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

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Warren

Marianne Williamson (Dropped out)

Author

Williamson is no longer running for president. Williamson supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, she told The Post.

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Marianne Williamson
Williamson

Andrew Yang (Dropped out)

Tech entrepreneur

Yang is no longer running for president. Yang “firmly believes that abortion is a personal decision that is to be made solely by a woman,” a campaign spokesperson told The Post.

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Andrew Yang
Yang

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Background Passed in 1976, the Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion services on Medicaid, except in cases of rape, incest or when the health of the mother is at risk. A 2016 Politico-Harvard Public Health poll found that 58 percent of likely voters ahead of the 2016 election opposed changing the current policy to allow Medicaid funding for abortions, including 37 percent of Democratic voters.

How we compiled candidate positions

The Washington Post sent a detailed questionnaire to every Democratic campaign asking whether they support various health-care policies. We organized candidates with similar stances into groups using a combination of those answers, legislative records, action taken in an executive role and other public comments, such as policy discussion on campaign websites, social media posts, interviews, town halls and other news reports. See something that we missed? Let us know.

This page will update as we learn more about the candidates’ plans. We also will note if candidates change their position on an issue. At initial publication, this page included major candidates who had announced a run for president. If a candidate dropped out after a question was published here, their stance is included under the "Show former candidates" option. If they dropped out before a question was first published, the Post did not reach out to get their stance.

Candidate illustrations by Ben Kirchner.