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DES MOINES, June 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York suggested that pro-life beliefs are “not acceptable” and compared them to racism and anti-Semitism.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Gillibrand was asked whether precluding pro-life judicial nominees would endanger judicial independence. Gillibrand, a presidential contender, has said that as president, she would nominate pro-abortion judges. “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable,” Gillibrand said. “Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America — I don’t think that those are political issues anymore,” Gillibrand said.

“And we believe in this country in the separation of church and state, and I respect the rights of every American to hold their religious beliefs true to themselves, but our country and our Constitution has always demanded that we have a separation of church and state,” Gillibrand continued.

Gillibrand said President Donald Trump and “ultra-radical conservative judges and justices” are seeking to unconstitutionally “impose their faith on Americans.” This was on top of her assertion of last month that Trump has appointed “anti-choice extremists” to the federal courts. In the Des Moines Register interview, Gillibrand said, “I believe that for all of these issues, they are not issues that there is a fair other side. There is no moral equivalency when you come to racism, and I do not believe there is a moral equivalency when it comes to changing laws that deny women reproductive freedom.”

Last month, Gillibrand claimed that the Democratic Party still has room for pro-life voters but added that “imposing faith on other people” is “against Christian faith.” Speaking to a Democratic Party conference in Atlanta, Gillibrand said, “But if you are a person of deep Christian faith, one of the tenets of our faith is free will.” She went on to say, “One of the tenets of our democracy is that we have a separation of church and state, and under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people, and I think this [state pro-life laws] is an example of that effort. It’s against our Constitution and it’s against our Christian faith.”

Gillibrand, a nominal Catholic, has vowed that as president she would hinder states from passing pro-life laws. She also committed to preventing states from passing anti-abortion laws as president and called President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointments “anti-choice extremists.”

Gillibrand is currently a long shot among the Democrats who have announced their presidential ambitions. While all of the other female Democrats had already met the required threshold of donations in order to participate in the first presidential debate, Gillibrand managed to do so only this week. All of the Democrats currently in the hustings support abortion in nearly all circumstances.


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