During an interview with the Des Moines Register, Kirsten Gillibrand compared pro-life beliefs to racism.
“There’s no moral equivalency when it comes to racism. And I do not think there’s a moral equivalency when it comes to changing laws that deny women reproductive freedom,” Gillibrand said.
The latest Marist poll shows that a 47 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life, while 47 percent consider themselves pro-choice. Seventy-one percent of Americans oppose abortion after a child reaches 20 weeks of gestation. Are the majority of Americans morally equivalent to racists? Or has Kirsten Gillibrand gotten her moral understanding of abortion precisely backward?
In her opening statement, Gillibrand said some issues that have such moral clarity that society has fully decided that the other side is not acceptable. She was referencing a pro-life stance.
Gillibrand’s notion that being pro-life is a radical, ultra-conservative position is false. The most up-to-date Gallup poll states that Americans are split 48 percent to 48 percent when asked if they identify as pro-life or pro-choice. When half of Americans call themselves pro-life, to suggest that being pro-life is radical in any way, shape, or form is not only false but the height of hubris.
“Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic, asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America — I don’t think those are political issues anymore,” Gillibrand said.
Comparing pro-life views to racist, anti-Semitic, or homophobic views is nuts. Not that Gillibrand ever had a chance at becoming president, but after this interview her chances are looking even more grim.
Gillibrand also argued that imposing religion on the American people is a direct violation of the Constitution, as if opposing policies due to one’s religion is beyond the pale, or pro-lifers don’t also make myriad scientific arguments.
“And all these efforts by President Trump and other ultra-radical conservative judges and justices to impose their faith on Americans is contrary to our Constitution. And that’s what it is. And so, I believe that for all of these issues they are not issues where there is a fair other side,” Gillibrand said.
Only 28 percent of Americans believe that abortion during the second trimester, or after a baby has grown inside his mother’s womb for approximately 14 weeks of the total 40, should be legal. Gillibrand wants to make abortion legally available at any and all times during pregnancy, regardless of whether the fetus has a heartbeat or is about to exit his mother’s womb. Approximately nine out of ten Americans oppose near-birth abortions.
If Kirsten Gillibrand really wanted to give us a lecture on following the Constitution, she would have explained that even the left knows the Supreme Court spit on the Constitution when it decided Roe v. Wade. That 1973 decision forced until-birth abortion policies on the entire nation with no ability for the people of each state to decide that issue themselves, or ever alter their decisions, through their lawfully elected representatives.