New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in making her pro-abortion case during an interview with the Des Moines Register, drew a comparison between the pro-life stance and racism, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The interviewer pointed out that her promise to use abortion as a litmus test for judges could be perceived as an encroachment on judicial independence. Gillibrand responded that, like racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia, being pro-life is so morally wrong that judicial independence is a secondary concern:
“I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. 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 that those are political issues anymore.
“And we believe in this country in the separation of church and state, and I respect the rights of every American to hold their religious beliefs true to themselves, but our country and our Constitution has always demanded that we have a separation of church and state. 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 this is. And so I believe that for all of these issues, they are not issues that there is a fair other side. There is no moral equivalency when you come to racism, and I do not believe there is a moral equivalency when it comes to changing laws that deny women reproductive freedom.”
Gillibrand Compares Pro Life Beliefs To Racism No “Fair Other Side” On Abortion
To summarize, Gillibrand believes that recognizing the personhood of an unborn child is comparable to racism or anti-Semitism. She somehow holds this view while simultaneously believing that there is room for pro-life people in the Democratic Party.
She says she will represent all voters, which may be difficult if she considers any pro-life Democrats to be on the same level as racists. And she has attempted to merge her Christian faith with her support for abortion.
“But if you are a person of deep Christian faith, one of the tenets of our faith is free will,” Gillibrand said last month. “One of the tenets of our democracy is that we have a separation of church and state, and under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people, and I think this (state pro-life laws) is an example of that effort. It’s against our Constitution and it’s against our Christian faith.”