Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said on Friday that she was a “feminist” and said she is “deeply disappointed” in Sanders’ support for abortion rights, including a proposal to allow a woman to have an abortion in the first trimester.
“I think this is a real problem.
I’m a progressive, I’m very much a progressive,” Murray said.
“I think we’ve got a lot of work to do.
I think we have to have a real conversation about what’s really going on with women’s reproductive rights, what we’re trying to do to improve them, and I think that we’ve certainly made progress on some of those issues in the last year.”
The senator said she was not surprised by Sanders’ position on abortion.
“I mean, this is the first time that he’s ever supported it, so I was really surprised that he’d come out against it,” Murray told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
“It’s really important to talk about it because I think women’s health is a really important issue, and we need to be very mindful of it.”
Sanders’ campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Murray’s remarks.
The senator has repeatedly argued that abortion should be legal in the U.S., despite the fact that the majority of abortions in the country take place in third-party clinics, where women must pay to have their procedure.
In the Senate, the senator has voted against several measures to expand access to abortions and supported a ban on partial-birth abortions.
She is also against a ban of “partial-birth abortion,” a practice that is performed to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant by inserting a partial-sized fetus in the womb of a woman.
During her Senate campaign, Murray frequently criticized Sanders’ stance on abortion, calling him a “lackadaisical” candidate who has been a supporter of abortion rights.
“The only reason I’ve had an abortion is because it’s my own life, and they said it’s murder,” she told MSNBC.
“And that’s a life I should have had.
And I’ve never been pro-life.”
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