Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) believes there's no longer room in her party for members who don't fully support abortion, saying this week that the old moderate-Democrat notion of keeping the practice "safe, legal, and rare" is a mantra from a bygone era.
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Speaking to the Washington Post, Gillibrand unleashed her fury over the anti-abortion bills being passed across the nation, while expressing optimism over the fact that very few Democratic politicians would dare criticize the practice in any instance as was common in the past.
"As a party, we should be 100 percent pro-choice, and it should be non-negotiable," she told the paper. "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.), who, 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."
I just donated to ensure @SenGillibrand’s important perspective is on the debate stage. Join me! https://t.co/KkdPlgTw0S— Jenna Lowenstein (@Jenna Lowenstein) 1557975796.0
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.