Some of the most ridiculous and tragic rhetoric in the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate was on the subject of abortion. Apparently, the legal ability to easily take a human life is a human right, or so the Democratic candidates would have you believe. Every single candidate on stage at the November debate except Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard supports unrestricted abortion, with Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts highlighting this issue.
Klobuchar once again called for Roe v. Wade to be codified into federal law, to ensure any states that attempt to pass legislation limiting abortions would be unable to do so. Bernie Sanders seconded this awful proposition and took it a step further, promising easily accessible abortions under his Medicare for All proposal (as if we needed another reason to hate that plan).
Warren also argued wealthy women would still have access to abortions even if they were illegal, adding abortion to the list of issues placed under her umbrella of class warfare. When asked about whether there is room in the party for pro-life Democrats, Warren replied:
I believe that abortion rights are human rights. I believe that they are also economic rights. And protecting the right of a woman to be able to make decisions about her own body is fundamentally what we do and what we stand for as a Democratic Party. … When someone makes abortion illegal in America, rich women will still get abortions. It’s just going to fall hard on poor women. It’s going to fall hard on girls, women who don’t even know that they’re pregnant. … The one entity that should not be in the middle of that [abortion] decision is the government.
Despite Warren’s declaration that she doesn’t want to “drive anyone out of this party” or “try to build fences,” when MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow pressed her specifically on John Bel Edwards, the pro-life Democratic governor of Louisiana who recently won reelection, Warren responded, “I have made clear what I think the Democratic Party stands for,” clarifying Warren thinks pro-life Democrats no longer have a place in the increasingly progressive Democratic Party. Despite Klobuchar’s views on Roe, she diverges from Warren on the party’s abortion line, saying she does see a place for pro-lifers in the Democratic Party.
Amy Klobuchar just told me she DOES believe there is room for pro-life Democrats in the party
"Yes, I think they're part our party."
Contrast that with Elizabeth Warren saying there isn't any room for people who don't believe abortion is a human right.
— Chrissy Clark (@chrissyclark_) November 21, 2019
Warren argued there is no place for a pro-life Democrat, cementing that the only choice the pro-choice movement supports is to fall in line with their agenda.