March for Life
Virginia March for Life, April 2019

Holding pro-life views are now the moral equivalent of racism, according to one of the 23 Democrats running for President.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told the Des Moines Register this week that holding pro-life views is the moral equivalent of racism, and appointing pro-life judges is the equivalent of appointing racist judges.

Gillibrand made her remarks during an interview with the paper last week.

“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. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic,” she said.

“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.

“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,” she said.

Virginia Democrats have made an embrace of abortion a key plank of their November platform. Not only have they backed Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, and her bill that would allow abortion until the moment of birth, but they have also stood behind Governor Ralph Northam in defense of his comments on late term abortion.

“The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” in January — the last time he appeared on any radio show.

Northam has yet to clarify or walk back his remarks, but Chief of Staff Clark Mercer did attempt to explain them in an unexpected forum – the Eastern Virginia Medical School report on Northam’s racist yearbook photos.

“Mr. Mercer said that Governor Northam gave high-level answers as a physician who has delivered babies – not answers that a political person would have necessarily recommended. Mr. Mercer explained that was how Governor Northam thought and spoke – as a doctor, not a politician,” the report’s authors stated.