Warren Doesn’t Say If She Would Put Any Limits on Abortion

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) did not directly answer a question at Wednesday night's Democratic primary debate about whether she'd support any abortion restrictions.

"Would you put any limits on abortion?" NBC moderator Lester Holt asked.

"I would make certain that every woman has access to the full range of reproductive health-care services, and that includes birth control. It includes abortion. It includes everything for a woman," Warren answered.

She added that the courts couldn't be expected to "protect us."

"Forty-seven years ago, Roe v. Wade was decided, and we've all looked to the courts all that time, as state after state has undermined Roe, has put in exceptions, has come right up to the edge of taking away protections," she said. "We now have an America where most people support Roe v. Wade. We need to make that federal law."

Holt didn't follow up to get his question answered.

The 2020 presidential field has been marked by a race to the left, and supporting abortion rights is sacrosanct with much of the Democratic voter base. Frontrunner Joe Biden flip-flopped on his longtime support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for most abortions, after pressure from the party's left flank.

Warren joins several other candidates, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) in calling for a codification of Roe v. Wade upon becoming president.

The pro-life group March For Life Action aired an ad ahead of Wednesday's debate on MSNBC calling for pro-choice politicians to listen to the American "consensus" on the issue, with the majority of Americans supporting restrictions on when women can have abortions.