Gillibrand Ducks Question on Last-Trimester Abortions

By Susan Jones | June 3, 2019 | 10:17am EDT
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), now a presidential contender, refused to answer a direct question about whether she supports late-term abortion. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - At a Fox News town hall Sunday night, a retired pediatric nurse asked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to explain her position on late-term or third-trimester abortion.

GIllibrand never answered the question, except to say that "reproductive freedom...should be a woman's decision.

"A woman should be able to decide when she's having children, how many children she's having, and under what circumstances she's having them," Gillibrand said.

"And what we have created, unfortunately, is a false choice and a false narrative. And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this because it's a problem. I can tell you, before President Trump gave the State of the Union, the Fox News talks about infanticide. Infanticide, it doesn't exist--" Gillibrand started to say.

Wallace interrupted, saying instead of talking about Fox News, Gillibrand should answer the question about late-term abortion.

But she didn't. Instead, she returned to infanticide, saying, "It doesn't happen, it's illegal, it's not a fact."

"And I believe all of us have a responsibility to talk about the facts," she continued.

The facts are that women in this country have had a constitutional right for over 30 years to make this fundamental life and death decision. And this president has emboldened legislators in 30 states to begin to criminalize that decision -- criminalize the decision of whether or not and when you want to have your children.

Criminalizing the doctors with the 99-year sentence if theyare offering abortion services and providing the care that women need.

Why should male legislators across this country decide when you are having children, how many children you're having, and under what circumstances? I don't understand it.

It's a human right. It's about having bodily autonomy. It's about being able to control your physical self. It's undermining every human right, civil right, that we could have.

So, let women make these personal decisions. For many people, it's a moral decision. For many people, it's a medical decision. So why can't they make it with their doctor, with their families, with their husband, based on their own faith, how they believe and what they feel? It's that woman's right!

(The audience applauded.)

Wallace asked the pediatric nurse if she was satisfied with Gillibrand's answer. The nurse asked Gillibrand if she was saying she supports late-term abortion:

"So, I support Roe v. Wade, OK?" Gillibrand said, dodging the question.

"Roe v. Wade is the settled Supreme Court precedent that decides the entire issue. So, I support Roe v. Wade. I believe it should be codified. It's been law of the land for over 30 years. It should be law of the land."

Gillibrand said if she is elected president, she will have a litmus test for Supreme Court judges: "I will not appoint a justice who doesn't see Roe v. Wade as precedent, settled law," she said.

She also said she will "codify Roe v. Wade so it is forever the law of the land.” She said she would repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer funding of abortion. And she said she will "make sure" that women in every state have access to abortion services.

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