Gillibrand: Legal abortion in US won't end 'if we have anything to do with it'

Gillibrand: Legal abortion in US won't end 'if we have anything to do with it'
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package MORE (D-N.Y.) pushed back on Vice President Pence's comments predicting legal abortion in the U.S. would end "in our time."

"Not if we have anything to do with it," Gillibrand, one of several Senate Democrats thought to be considering a presidential run in 2020, tweeted Tuesday.

"Get to the polls this November, women. We’re owning our future."

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Pence spoke at a luncheon Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., hosted by Susan B. Anthony List and Life Issues Institute, anti-abortion organizations.

"I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America," he said during the event.

"If all of us do all we can, we can once again, in our time, restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law." 

Pence has long championed anti-abortion policies.

Since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE took office last year, he has signed legislation reversing an Obama-era rule that blocked states from defunding Planned Parenthood and reinstated a ban on federal funds for global health programs that cover or promote abortions.

Last August, Gillibrand, 51, appeared to push back at the notion that Democrats should back candidates who do not support abortion rights, tweeting at the time that we "do not have to make compromises on protecting women's health to win back the House or Senate."