Gillibrand: 'President Trump has started a war on American women'

Gillibrand: 'President Trump has started a war on American women'
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever White House offers reassurances amid recession fears as 2020 candidates sound alarm MORE (D-N.Y.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE is waging a war against women in America.

“This is nothing short of an all-out assault on women's reproductive freedom, an effort to take away our basic human rights and civil rights” Gillibrand said on CBS’s “Face The Nation” about the laws being pushed through several state legislatures limiting access to abortion. 

“President Trump has started a war on America’s women. And if it's a fight he wants to have, it's a fight he's going to have and he's going to lose.”

Georgia's Republican legislature passed a law earlier this month that bars doctors in the state from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, typically around six weeks into a pregnancy. Most women do not know they are pregnant at that point.

Last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the most restrictive abortion policy in the nation. Abortion in that state would only be legal in the event that it's necessary to save a woman's life. 

Gillibrand, who has put women's rights at the center of her 2020 presidential campaign, has been an outspoken critic of both laws.

Last week, she visited Georgia to meet with abortion-providers and women rights activists.

The laws are expected to be challenged, setting up a potential battle over Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that recognized a woman’s right to an abortion.

Gillibrand has promised to codify Roe v. Wade if elected as president.