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Ben Shapiro: New Democratic Party Position Is That American Taxpayers Should Pay for Abortions

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | May 24, 2019 | 2:06 PM EDT

Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire (Screenshot)

During his daily podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” on Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro elaborated on the new Democratic Party position that American taxpayers should have to pay for abortions.

“It’s not just Joe Biden who is saying this,” stated Ben Shapiro. “Kirsten Gillibrand, who, again, has more positions on the issues than the Kama Sutra has. Kirsten Gillibrand, the senator from New York, she was asked, ‘Well, why exactly should we pay for your abortion, for example?’ And she says, ‘It’s not your decision whether to fund abortion. The government should fund abortion.’ So, this is the new Democratic Party position on this thing.”

Ben Shapiro’s remarks came after former Vice President Joe Biden, along with other Democratic Party presidential candidates, recently suggested that the Hyde Amendment, an amendment that prevents taxpayer funds from being used to directly fund abortions, should be repealed.

Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro's comments, in relevant part, from his show on Thursday:

Ben Shapiro: “Then he was asked, specifically, by the ACLU, whether as president he would lift the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal insurance coverage of abortion, and he said yes. And then he came out with a video talking about how wonderful Roe v. Wade is, and how it is imperative that Roe v. Wade be enshrined in law forever.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden: “The law of the land is Roe v. Wade. It lays out a constitutional guarantee that women can in fact make a choice between she and her doctor in circumstances laid out in Roe. It’s guaranteed constitutionally now. And what this is all about is trying to get an appeal to the Supreme Court in the hope that the conservative justice the president has in fact put on the Court – two of them – will vote to overrule Roe v. Wade, the law of the land. It’s wrong. It must be stopped. This is a choice, under Roe, between a woman and her doctor, and it lays out the circumstances.”

Shapiro: “Well, between a woman and her doctor and taxpayers who have to pay for it, according to the new version of Joe Biden.

“It’s not just Joe Biden who is saying this. Kirsten Gillibrand, who, again, has more positions on the issues than the Kama Sutra has. Kirsten Gillibrand, the senator from New York, she was asked, ‘Well, why exactly should we pay for your abortion, for example?’ And she says, ‘It’s not your decision whether to fund abortion. The government should fund abortion.’ So, this is the new Democratic Party position on this thing.”

MSNBC Reporter: “What would you say to taxpayers out there who say, ‘Look, I support everyone having their own freedoms, but that when it comes to my tax dollars, abortion isn’t something that I want to support’?”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): “I do not believe that that is a valid argument. I think that the Hyde Amendment should be repealed and that we actually need to make sure that women, regardless of their income level, have a basic right to reproductive care. It’s about our humanity, and it’s about our basic civil rights. And so, I will work to repeal the Hyde Amendment. I would also work to codify Roe v. Wade. And I would work to guarantee that no matter what state you live in, you will have access to a full range of reproductive services.”

Shapiro: “I mean, this is an amazing move by the Democratic Party. They used to understand that the best solution for the Democratic Party was some level of moderation on this particular issue. Not anymore. Now it’s such an affirmative good that you and I are supposed to fund abortions ourselves, that it is a basic right in America. Owning a gun, not a basic right. Paying for somebody else’s abortion is something that you must do. They have a right to your money to pay for the killing of their unborn child. I mean, it’s an amazing statement.

“Cory Booker is saying the same thing, the senator from New Jersey running for president.

“This is not nut picking, okay? This is not us finding nuts in the Democratic Party saying crazy things. These are all mainstream elected members of the Democratic Party saying this stuff.”

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