New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tried to stand out at the Democratic primary debate Thursday by touting her radical pro-abortion stance.
Gillibrand, one of nearly two dozen Democrats hoping to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, said she supports abortions for any reason up to birth and wants taxpayers to pay for them, according to the Daily Caller.
“Those decisions should only be made by women,” she told the news outlet Thursday when asked about abortions up through the third trimester. “They should not be made by governments, they should not be made by the 30 legislatures around the country, that their whole intention is to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
When asked if she supports any abortion restrictions, Gillibrand said no.
“[That decision] should only be made by a woman, because these are such fundamental human rights — they have a right to make it,” she said.
Gillibrand has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record and recently voted against a bill to protect newborns from infanticide.
During the debate Thursday in Miami, she tried to distinguish herself from the other candidates, all of whom also support abortion on demand, by saying she would make expanding abortions a priority at the White House.
“… imagine this one question. When we beat President Trump and [pro-life Republican] Mitch McConnell walks into the Oval Office, God forbid, to do negotiations, who do you want when that door closes to be sitting behind that desk, to fight for women’s rights?” Gillibrand said, referring to abortion.
“I have been the fiercest advocate for women’s reproductive freedom for over a decade. And I promise you as president when that door closes, I will guarantee women’s reproductive freedom no matter what,” she continued.
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If elected, Gillibrand said she would end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions in Medicaid. She also promised to nominate judges who would support Roe v. Wade. She recently compared pro-life advocates to racists as well, calling both decidedly immoral.
She and her fellow Democratic leaders are not talking about making abortions safe, legal and rare anymore. Instead, they openly are advocating for unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortions for any reason up to birth.
This position is radically out of touch with most voters, including many Democratic voters.
A 2016 Harvard University poll found that only 36 percent of likely voters support taxpayer-funded abortions. A January poll by Marist University found similarly strong opposition, with 75 percent saying they oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and 19 percent saying they support it.
When it comes to abortion restrictions, Gallup polls consistently have found that a majority of Americans think abortions should be strictly limited.
In February, a Rasmussen poll found that just 21 percent of voters support New York’s new late-term abortion law, which allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A full 66 percent oppose the law, including 44 percent who identify as “pro-choice.” A national poll by Marist University in January found similar results.