2020 Democrat Gillibrand Calls for Pro-Lifers to Be Purged from Democratic Party
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says being pro-abortion 'should be non-negotiable' for Dems
2020 Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is calling for the remaining pro-lifers in the Democratic Party to be unseated and replaced with pro-abortion candidates.
Presidential (very) hopeful Gillibrand believes her party no longer has room for members who don't fully support abortion.
Gillibrand, a 2020 candidate who's getting crushed in the polls, is pushing for more "progressive" values, arguing this week that the old moderate-Democrat sentiment of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" is a mantra from a bygone era.
During an interview with the Washington Post, Gillibrand blasted the anti-abortion bills being passed across the nation.
She expressed optimism over the fact that very few Democrats would dare criticize the practice today, however, as they would have done in the past.
"As a party, we should be 100 percent pro-choice, and it should be non-negotiable," Senator Gillibrand told WaPo.
"We should not settle for less, and if our party cannot support women's basic human rights, their fundamental freedoms to make decisions about their bodies and their futures, then we are not the party of women ...
"I will not compromise on women's reproductive freedom."
Gillibrand appears to be sincere in her feelings, as evidenced by her recent endorsement of a pro-choice candidate to topple sitting Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).
Lipinski, according to NBC News, "has not only voted against abortion rights but also spoken out publicly against them."
Gillibrand — whose campaign is struggling so badly she may not qualify for a spot in the primary debates — has veered far to the left since announcing her candidacy, in lockstep with her opponents in a scramble for support from the progressive base.
Her fundraising situation is so dire that the deputy campaign manager for fellow 2020 hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) made a donation to Gillibrand's campaign Wednesday and announced it on Twitter "to ensure [Gillibrand's] important perspective is on the debate stage."
Gillibrand has made the protection of Roe v. Wade a central focus of her platform and vowed last week that she would only appoint judges to the bench who would uphold the 1973 ruling.
Yet her own campaign manager tweeted Wednesday night that "It is not a given that abortion will come up at the 2020 primary debates," Politico reported.