Kirsten Gillibrand Supports Abortions Up to Birth and Thinks That Will Get Her More Votes

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 14, 2019   |   9:53PM   |   Washington, DC

Presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is not doing well in the polls.

But she does not seem to have gotten the message that most Americans oppose her radical pro-abortion agenda.

On Sunday, the New York Democrat hopes to gain additional support in Missouri when she hosts a “reproductive rights” town hall, WDAF-TV reports. Her campaign said she plans to meet with doctors, nurses, patients and providers (presumably of abortion) before the St. Louis event.

“Kirsten is leading the field on reproductive rights and was the first candidate to release a comprehensive reproductive rights agenda,” her campaign website states. “Now she’s heading to Missouri, one of several states that have passed an abortion ban, to continue leading the fight to protect everyone’s right to access abortion care.”

The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, which Gov. Mike Parson signed in May, is the strongest pro-life legislation in state history. It has multiple pro-life provisions to save unborn babies’ lives, taking into account the likelihood of a legal challenge. The law bans abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, but it also bans abortions at later stages if the heartbeat ban is struck down in court.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

Gillibrand’s campaign said her opposition to the pro-life law is one of the reasons why she chose to visit Missouri.

“Now more than ever, women’s reproductive and human rights are under attack,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “In Missouri, I will stand with the women, providers, patients and the men who support them, to fight not just to protect our rights, but expand them.”

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Gillibrand has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record and voted against a bill to protect newborns from infanticide earlier this year. In June, she lumped pro-life advocates and racists into the same category, claiming both would be morally unfit to serve as judges.

Then, after the first Democratic presidential debate, she said she supports abortions for any reason up to birth.

“Those decisions should only be made by women,” Gillibrand told the Daily Caller when asked about abortions in 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.

Most voters disagree. Polls consistently find strong public support for abortion limits.

Earlier this year, polling released by SBA List found that 82 percent of Missouri voters – including 66 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of independents, 83 percent of women, and 61 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – support a law prohibiting late-term abortions.

The findings are not unique. Gallup polls consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.