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Cokie Roberts: DNC ‘Really Over The Top’ On Abortion, Risks ‘Alienating’ Pro-Life Dems

On Sunday, This Week‘s panel clashed when it came to discussing the Democratic National Convention, particularly when the conversation veered toward the contentious topic of abortion. As Newark Mayor Cory Booker defended his party’s stance on women’s health issues, Cokie Roberts remarked that the convention was “over the top” when it came to abortion. That it risked alienating some Democrats.

The reality, Booker said, the real difference between the two parties on this issues is that “one believes in abortion under no circumstances — rape, incest, the life of the mother. The other one says, the mother has the right to choose.”

Roberts noted that Booker omitted language from previous platforms that said abortion should be safe, legal and rare.

“I think this Democratic convention was really over the top in terms of abortion,” Roberts added. “Every single speaker talked about abortion — and, you know, at some point, you start to alienate people. Thirty percent of Democrats are pro-life.”

Booker countered that he was one of the speakers, and he didn’t talk about that issue. “If you want to make abortion safe, legal and rare,” he said, “support women’s rights, women’s access to health care.”

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