Elizabeth Warren Wants Teen Girls to Think of Abortion as a Basic Right

The senator shared her outlook on the American political landscape in Vogue

Elizabeth Warren discussed the necessity of abortion rights in an interview with Teen Vogue.

The Massachusetts Senator equated abortion to the right to vote. She described them as “protection of personal autonomy” and stated that “this is where the two big fights are shaping up right now.”

“The right-wing extremists know that if they can keep people from voting, they’ve got a better chance to impose their views about abortion on an unwilling nation,” she said, referring to pro-life advocates as “a small but intensely focused group of people who want to impose their will on the majority of this nation.”

The Daily Caller refuted this charge.

Mary Margaret Olohan wrote, “The senator’s assessment of American sentiment did not appear to take into account polling finding that many Americans support restrictions on abortion after the first trimester. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released in late June found that while 61% of Americans say abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances during the first trimester, 65% of Americans said abortion should almost always be illegal in the second trimester and 80% said abortion should almost always be illegal in the third trimester.”

Alongside speculation regarding the fate of abortion access, Warren’s interview reviewed the possibility of doing away with the filibuster in the upcoming legislative cycle. She would like to see the practice end immediately.

She noted that she is not confident that enough Democrats would support getting rid of the filibuster. Additionally, she stated, “Mitch McConnell has made it clear again that his principle mission in life is to defeat a Democratic president and keep that president from doing anything.”

Finally, Warren advised teens interested in abortions to take action.

“Speak up. Loud. In as many ways as you can. Do it through texts and TikTok and Snapchat and Facebook. But also show up in person whenever you can. If there’s a town hall or a meet-and-greet with your local officials, show up, raise your hand, and ask a question. Ask about this issue.”

The “younger sister” of US Vogue, Teen Vogue shifted from fashion and celebrity-centric topics to more political content in August of 2015.

“That issue featured three unknown black models on the cover,” reports The Guardian. “It became the bestselling issue of the year.”

“We want to help make [readers] feel better about themselves, whether that’s giving beauty tips, or empowering them with political information to have smarter conversations and feel they can stand up for themselves,” said the magazine’s editor, Elaine Welteroth

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