Rep. Gutierrez: ‘Keep Their Dirty, Filthy Hands Off of Planned Parenthood’

By Eric Scheiner | August 1, 2016 | 12:35pm EDT
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) says Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters can unite over their desire to protect Planned Parenthood. Telling Democracy Now! viewers, "I want to make sure they keep their dirty, filthy hands off of Planned Parenthood.”

“We can come together, immigrants – man, my daughters they have so many more rights today  - and I want to make sure they (GOP) keep their dirty, filthy hands off of Planned Parenthood and we don’t have somebody on the Supreme Court that’s going to turn the clock around,” Gutierrez said in a debate with actor and Sanders supporter Danny Glover last week.

“I’m thankful to Bernie Sanders, and I was really- there was so much joy in my heart when I watched him because I know how difficult it must have been for him to go yesterday and say we close the nomination and to endorse Hillary,” Gutierrez said.

The Democratic Party platform calls for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion with some exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. The repeal will allow for federal funds to be used directly for abortions.

“We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” the platform states.

"We sat down with the Bernie Sanders folks at the drafting committee and we argued and we pushed back and forth. Bernie Sanders says - and it is recognized almost universally - this is most progressive Democratic platform ever written," Gutierrez says.

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