Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Wednesday the party should purge its ranks of members who do not support abortion.
Gillibrand noted Democrats have become more extreme in their pro-abortion rhetoric in recent years, and said the party should not “settle” for anything less than across the board compliance with a pro-abortion platform.
“As a party, we should be 100 percent pro-choice, and it should be non-negotiable,” Gillibrand told The Washington Post. “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.” (RELATED: Bernie Says ‘Abortion Is A Constitutional Right’)
Most Democrats have dropped the “safe, legal and rare” mantra, she noted, and speak forthrightly about their push for broad and easy access to abortion in the name of “reproductive rights.”
“Women are feeling self-empowered,” she said. “I don’t think they’re going to take excuses anymore, and I don’t think they’re going to support candidates that don’t believe they should get to make those fundamentally personal decisions.”
Democrats do indeed seem to be veering left on abortion, and some have already moved to get rid of their pro-life members. In a move seemingly indicative of their shifting stance, Democratic state Rep. Brian Sims recently bullied pro-life women and teens praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia. (RELATED: The Planned Parenthood Where Brian Sims Harassed Pro-Lifers Is A Mess)
New York Democrats lifted a ban on late term abortions this year, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is backing a Virginia measure that would ease restrictions on late term abortions. Both measures technically allow doctors to end the life of an unborn baby until the moment of his or her birth.
A February Marist poll found Democrat voters are moving in the opposite direction on abortion — the number who say they are pro-life rose 14 percent in a one-month span, according to the poll.