New York Democratic Senator Calls Abortion A Religious Freedom

( – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, blasted both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week.

Prior to the Senate taking votes on two pro-life bills — which gained a majority but not enough support to pass — Gillibrand railed against the two men for what she called an “all-out assault on women.”

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required infants who survive abortions to be transferred to hospitals so they could receive the same care as other newborns. That measure received support of 56-41 among senators. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which received 53-44 support, would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Both bills failed, though, because they needed 60 supporting votes, per the Senate’s filibuster rules.

Prior to the vote, Gillibrand decided specifically calling out the two Republican leaders was the best way to sound her opposition to the bills, saying:

“This is part of President Trump and Mitch McConnell’s all-out assault on women. They’re trying to harm women. They’re trying to take away their civil rights, their human rights, their ability to make the most important, intimate decisions of their lives. They’re taking away their religious freedom. They’re taking away their moral freedom.”

Not only was Gillibrand’s attack on Trump and McConnell odd, but so, too, was her bringing up religious freedom. She says she’s a Christian defender of abortion, but it isn’t like there’s an abundance of support in the Bible or other texts that suggest that Christians believe in the right of women to get an abortion.

She continued:

“These two measures that we’re voting on literally changes the landscape of how we treat a baby who was born, who cannot survive outside the womb and how those parents want to be able to have those final moments with their child. It is a horrible, horrible choice by Mitch McConnell to force these votes, and we’ve voted on these measures before and they’ve lost. I think this is just a political ploy to satisfy those who are attending the CPAC conference.”

Her public comments immediately garnered negative response from pro-family advocates, including K. Walker of Clash Daily, who wrote:

“Sen. Gillibrand is going right to the fetal abnormality argument, which is telling. She refuses to acknowledge that late-term abortion is mostly done for the convenience of the mother. Even the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute study shows that the vast majority of women that choose to abort after 20 weeks are making the decision for the same reasons as the ones choosing to abort before 12 weeks.”

Gillibrand’s points seem to be off-base, but it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s followed her. The former Democratic nominee for president has a long history of anti-abortion feelings. She said the potential that the Supreme Court could overturn the Roe v. Wade decision and abortion laws is “literally the biggest civil rights issue, certainly in my lifetime, for women.”