VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson On Protecting Abortion Rights
Abortion and women’s reproductive rights have become even more highly debated topics since Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court last year.
Several states like Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio have passed laws restricting abortion, often times making no exceptions for cases involving rape, incest or the mother’s health being at risk. The landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case is gradually being overturned across the country. Some states like Louisiana and Mississippi have passed so-called “heartbeat bills,” which ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. This can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Doctors who perform abortions can now be sentenced to lengthy prison terms under new laws introduced in these states.
Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru and 2020 Democratic presidential contender, spoke to uPolitics exclusively about her views on abortion.
“The current spate of legislative efforts around our country to limit women’s reproductive rights is more than an attack on reproductive rights, and it’s more than an attack on women’s health. It’s an attack on women,” said Williamson. “It’s an attack on the empowerment of women because a woman who has choice regarding her reproductive rights has power in her life that she would not have otherwise.”
Williamson went on to say she believes the government “should have no say whatsoever” on a woman’s right to choose, an issue she added relates to “private morality” in her view.
The author went on to say she is convinced that should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the United States will return to the days of “back-ally abortions,” when thousands of women — especially low-income women who could not receive access to quality medical care — died.
Stay tuned for more videos from uPolitics’ interview series with 2020 presidential candidates.
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