Kirsten Gillibrand: Americans Who Don’t Want to Pay for Abortions “Don’t Have a Valid Argument”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2019   |   5:47PM   |   Washington, DC

Democratic presidential candidate Kristen Gillibrand says that Americans who don’t want to pay for abortions don’t really have a valid argument against it.

The New York senator, who is running for president, says she really doesn’t care if Americans don’t want to pay for abortions. She seems to think there is some sort of fictitious separation of church and state in the Constitution and that separation requires Americans to pay for killing babies in abortions whether they like it or not.

“We have a tenant in our Constitution, it’s called separation of church and state. And I do not believe that that is a valid argument. I think that the Hyde amendment should be repealed and that we actually need to make sure that women — regardless of their income level — have a basic right to reproductive care. It’s about our humanity, and it’s about our basic civil rights,” she claimed.

A new Marist poll from January finds a majority of Americans are pro-life. In addition, the survey found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) support such funding. Opposition to this funding includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent).

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By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent). By 20 points (55 percent to 35 percent) Americans also believe medical professionals with moral objections should be allowed to opt out of performing abortions.