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Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to the press after the second night of the Democratic debate on June 27, 2019, in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Kirsten Gillibrand says Democrats need to “start playing offense” on abortion rights

By WITW Staff on June 28, 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand drove home her message about women’s rights and family issues at the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday, emphasizing that Democrats need to “stop playing defense and start playing offense” when it comes to abortion rights.

“Women’s reproductive rights are under assault by President Trump and the Republican Party,” the senator from New York said. “Thirty states are trying to overturn Roe v. Wade right now. And it is mind-boggling to me that we are debating on this stage in 2019 among Democrats whether women should have access to reproductive rights.”

She also focused on her proposed Family Bill of Rights, which would alleviate financial pressure on families with infants, establish a national paid family leave program, and require insurers to cover fertility treatments such as IVF, among other issues.

In announcing the plan in May, the presidential hopeful said the plan would “make all families stronger, regardless of who you are or what your ZIP code is.” To finance the plan, her campaign said, she would call for a tax on Wall Street transactions to generate up to $1 trillion in new revenue over 10 years. For instance, a $1,000 stock purchase would be taxed at $5, according to The New York Times.

The plan — which Gillibrand has said would be a priority in her first 100 days in the White House — would include the distribution of starter kits for an infant’s first month at home, including diapers, blankets, onesies, and a small mattress. In addition, the proposal would address a shortage of obstetricians in rural areas, assist states in creating universal prekindergarten, provide tax credits for adoption, and prohibit discrimination in adoption.

The senator has said the plan would “level the playing field” in the U.S.

At the debate in Miami on Thursday, Gillibrand also zoomed in on the problem of big money in politics, the Miami Herald reports, saying she would create a system of publicly funded elections, or “clean elections,” as she calls them.

“I have the most comprehensive approach, that experts agree is the most transformative plan to actually take on political corruption,” she said. “If we do that and get money out of politics, we can guarantee healthcare as a right, not a privilege, we can deal with institutional racism, and we can take on the corporate corruption that runs Washington.”

Read the full story at the Miami Herald.

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