2020 Party Platforms

           
           
 
 
 
 
     
REPUBLICAN ISSUES DEMOCRAT      
           
Supports protection of human life SANCTITY Supports repealing the Hyde Amend,ent to allow      
Supports real solutions for women OF government to fund abortion      
Support Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act HUMAN LIFE Supports “codifying” the right to abortion      
Supports a human life constitutional amendment   Believes every woman should be able to access      
Supports a ban on abortion at 20 weeks   reproductive health care services, including safe and    
Supports a ban on abortion when babies feel pain   legal abortions      
Supports a ban on abortion based on sex or disability   Oppose and will fight to overturn federal and state      
Supports a ban on dismemberment abortion   laws that create barriers to reproductive health and      
Supports a ban on human cloning   rights      
Supports a ban on experimenting on human embryos Opposes current FDA safety restrictions on      
Supports a ban on sale of human body parts   chemical abortive pills      
Supports a ban on use of public funds to perform or   Supports repealing President Trump’s changes to      
promote abortion or fund organizations like Planned   theTitle X program that separates abortion from      
Parenthood,   Federal family planning grants      
           
           
           
The American family is the foundation of civil REDEFINING Are silent on marriage and family being the      
society, and the cornerstone of the family is MARRIAGE foundation of society      
natural marriage, the union of one man and one          
woman.          
Condemns the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v.        
Hodges and urges it’s reversal          
(Obergefell v. Hodges states same-sex couples have          
a fundamental right to marry)          
           
           
We embrace the principle that all Americans should LGBT AGENDA We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
be treated with dignity and respect. TRANSGENDER BATHROOM, would alter our entire federal civil rights framework,    
We support measures “barring” government WOMEN’S SPORTS IN SCHOOL gut religious liberty, and advance abortion.      
discrimination because of one’s marriage and family.   including “surgery and hormone therapy.”      
Supports the right of parents to determine the   We will ensure that all transgender and non-binary      
proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor can procure official government identification      
children.   documents that accurately reflect their gender      
Opposes Title IX being used to impose a social and   identity.      
cultural revolution upon the American people by   Supports banning practices aimed at assisting      
wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include   patients with unwanted same-sex attraction or      
sexual orientation or other categories.   gender dysphoria.      
Opposes reshaping our schools-and our entire   We will work to “guarantee transgender students”      
society-to fit the mold of an ideology alien to   access to facilities based on gender identity.      
America’s history and traditions.   We will protect the rights of transgender students.      
Opposes President Obama’s Title IX transgender   We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
bathroom edict.  It is “illegal, dangerous, and ignores   would allow biological men to play in women’s      
privacy issues.   sports if they identify as transgender women.      
           
           
Opposes the federal government funding abortion ABORTION AND THE LGBT We believe access to reproductive care and      
overseas and supports restoring the Mexico City AGENDA INTERNATIONALLY abortion services, are vital to the empowerment      
Policy, to prevent federal money from going to NGO’s of women and girls.      
which “provide or promote abortion” or are complicit Supports for repealing President Trump’s expanded    
in China’s one-child policy.   Mexico City Policy and the Helms Amendment which      
Condemns the Obama administration for “imposing   bar American funding for abortion abroad.      
on foreign recipients, especially the peoples of Africa, We will restore the United States’ position of      
its own radical social agenda while excluding   leadership on LGBTQ+ issues and appoint “senior      
faith-based groups.”   within the federal government.”      
           
           
America’s healthcare professionals should not be CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IN Supports the coercive HHS contraception mandate      
forced to choose between following their faith HEALTHCARE against faith-based groups like the Little Sisters of      
and practicing their profession.  We respect the rights the Poor.      
of conscience of healthcare professionals, doctors,   Condemns the Trump administration’s regulation      
nurses, pharmacists, and organizations, especially   clarifying the definition of sex discrimination in      
the faith-based groups which provide a major   the Affordable Care Act.  This regulation allows      
portion of care for the nation and the needy.   doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to      
    practice medicine and operate in accordance with      
    their conscience.      
           
           
           
 We strongly support the freedom of Americans to RELIGIOUS  Celebrates the paramount importance of      
act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not LIBERTY maintaining the separation between church and      
only in their houses of worship, but also in their   state.      
everyday lives.   Rejects broad religious exemptions for businesses      
Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses,   medical providers, social service agencies, and      
and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are   others.      
part of a misguided effort to undermine religion and   We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
drive it from the public square   would remove religious liberty protections and even    
We value the right of America’s religious leaders to   force churches to violate the tenets of their faith.      
preach, and American to speak freely, according to   Religious freedom is a core American value and      
their faith.  The government is constitutionally   a core value of the Democractic Party.  Democrats      
prohibitied from policing or censoring speech based   will protect the rights of each American for the free      
on religious convictions or beliefs.   exercise of his or her own religion      
           
           
           
Affirms the importance of the U.S. Commission on INTERNATIONAL It will be the policy of the Democractic      
International Religious Freedom RELIGIOUS Administration to advocate for religious freedom      
Promises “A Republican administration will return LIBERTY throughout the world.      
the advocacy of religious liberty to a central place in   Implies religious freedo is a “cover for      
its diplomacy, will quickly designate the systematic   discrimination.”      
killing of religious and ethnic minorities a genocide,   Asserts that there is a “politicization” of religious      
and will work with the leaders of other nations to   freedom within U.S. foreign policy.      
condemn and combat genocidal acts.”          
           
           
If God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in GOD IN Silent on the role of God in government      
conflict with governmennt, court, or human-granted GOVERNMENT Silent on the source of human rights.      
rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always   Celebrates the paramount importance of maintaining    
prevail.”   the separation between church and state      
We support the public display of the Ten   enshrined in our Constitution.      
Commandments as a reflection of our history and   Entire platform mentions God one time.      
our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.”          
Entire platform mentions God 15 times.          
           
           
We support the appointment of judges who respect THE COURTS We will appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices and      
traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent   federal judges who will respect and enforce      
human life.   foundational precedents, including Roe v. Wade.      
Seeks to “enable courts to begin to revers the long   Applaud “the decision in Bostock v Clayton County      
line of activist decisions–including Roe, Obergefell,   which redefined the word sex in Title VII to include      
and the Obamacare cases.”   sexual orientation and gender identity.      
           
           
           
Supports “sexual risk avoidance education that sets SEX EDUCATION Supports “LGBTQ+ inclusive” sex education with a      
abstinence until marriage as the responsible and   full range of “family planning services.”      
respected standard of behavior.”          
           
           
Will “fight for school choice” and “local control.” EDUCATION CHOICE Democrats oppose private school vouchers and other    
Recognizes that “parents” not the government, “are   policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away    
a child’s first and foremost educators.”   from the public-school system, including the      
Supports homeschooling, private schools, vouchers,   program at issue in the rescent Espinoza decision.      
and tuition tax credits.   No mention of homeschooling.      
Encourages teaching the Bible as an elective in public          
schools.          
           
           
We reject the use of the military as a platform for SOCIAL We will reverse the Trump Administration’s ban      
social experimentation and will not accept attempts to EXPERIMENTATION  (DOD policy on Gender Dysphoric individuals      
undermine military priorities and mission readiness. IN THE MILITARY serving in the military).      
Supports “the religious freedom of all military   Silent on service members’ religious liberty rights.      
members, especially chaplains, and will not tolerate   Calls for VA medical benefits to include abortion      
attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from   and gender “transition” services.      
military facilities.”          
Opposes the “Selective Service registration of women        
for a possible future draft.”