Warren Says She Won’t ‘Drive Anyone Out’ of the Democratic Party

Elizabeth Warren avoided saying if there will be any room within the Democratic Party for those who are opposing abortion rights.

“I’m not here to drive anyone out of this party, I’m not here to try to build fences,” Warren said at Wednesday night’s primary debate answering a question about Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who won reelection this week in a tight race.

On the question about whether there was space within the Democratic party for Bel Edwards, Warren said, “I have made clear what I think the Democratic Party stands for.”

Warren and virtually all of the 2020 Democratic contenders are staunch advocates of abortion rights, The Hill reported.

Bel Edwards describes himself as “pro-life” and earlier this year signed a bill limiting abortion rights in his state. Several conservative governors have implemented restrictions on abortion access this year, but Bel Edwards is the only Democrat.

The Louisiana law would prohibit physicians from performing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could occur before a woman knows she is pregnant. Those laws are seen as part of a broader campaign to spark a Supreme Court review of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

Bel Edwards’s action has raised questions within the Democratic Party about the few remaining Democratic public officials and candidates who oppose abortion rights. Some abortion rights advocates say there should not be room in the party for candidates opposed to abortion. But other Democrats say the party should not have a litmus test on the issue.

Earlier this week, the Democratic Attorneys General Association said they would only back candidates who support abortion rights.

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