Gillibrand Admits Abortion is ‘Life and Death Issue’

‘They’re criminalizing women’s decisions and criminalizing the doctors who provide that care…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., argued that restricting abortion access for women is a “life or death issue,” acknowledging that abortion results in death.

In an interview with Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show,” Gillibrand slammed recent pro-life laws that several states have passed, claiming that abortion restrictions are an attempt to “take away civil rights and our human rights.”

“It’s something that President Trump is doing and the Republican Party and they don’t want women to make the most intimate, personal life and death decisions for their own bodies and their own families,” Gillibrand said.

Pro-choice proponents often defend abortion by claiming a fetus isn’t a fully-developed being.

But by admitting abortion is a “life and death issue,” Gillibrand undermined her own argument by stating the procedure causes death.


The abortion restriction laws recently passed in Alabama and Georgia (and likely soon in Missouri) all contain exemptions to protect the lives of mothers, so any “life or death issue” cannot be addressing an adult woman’s survival in the instances she referred to.

The 2020 presidential hopeful said Trump’s recent Supreme Court picks have emboldened “right-wing Republicans,” whose ultimate goal is the reversal of Roe v. Wade, she said.

“He’s basically taking away our basic human rights to make those decisions about our families, when we’re having children, how many we’re having, under what circumstances,” Gillibrand argued.

Kirsten Gillibrand Admits Abortion is a 'Life and Death Issue' While Trying to Defend It

Kirsten Gillibrand/IMAGE: Comedy Central

“And they’re criminalizing women’s decisions and criminalizing the doctors who provide that care,” she continued, referencing a false Democratic talking-point about Alabama’s recently-signed law, which criminalizes the practice of abortion within the state.

Under the law, doctors and medical professionals who perform abortions can be prosecuted, not the women who seek abortions.

“Women need to fight. They need to fight like everything that they care about is at stake because it is,” Gillibrand said. “It’s a life or death issue for many women.

“If this is a fight that President Trump wants with the American people and America’s women, it’s a fight he’s gonna have and it’s a fight he’s gonna lose.”