“Lucy Flores, a congressional candidate from Nevada and a rising star in Democratic women’s circles, became a nationally-known figure in July 2014 when, as a state lawmaker, came out with the story of her own abortion during a debate over a sex-ed bill. She was 16 years old when she terminated the pregnancy that she told fellow lawmakers she wasn’t ready for. It wasn’t a story of regret, she said, it was a story of solidarity with other young women who become pregnant before they’re ready. The public admission of an unregretted abortion is exactly the tone for abortion politics that abortion rights activists hope to see more Democrats adopt.
“Flores has endorsed Sanders, and her take on Hyde is exactly the same as Hogue’s — but her solution is precisely the opposite. It’s only a Sanders-led political revolution that can put an end to Hyde.
“‘The Hyde amendment comes up every single year and we have been able to do nothing about it. And the reason why we haven’t been able to do anything about it is because of the systemic failure of our political system right now,’ she told BuzzFeed News. ‘If we do not change the way that we do business in this country, then what’s going to happen? We’re going to vote on the Hyde amendment again, it’s going to fail again. I mean what makes anybody think that continuing to do the same thing over and over and over again is going to produce different results?’
“Flores says she doesn’t care about talk when it comes to abortion — records matter most. Sanders’s promised revolution in American politics, and the leftward tilt that would come with it, would bring the end of Hyde and other changes to abortion policy, she said.
“‘To me, it’s about what we’re going to do and not so much about who talks about something more so than the other,’ Flores said.”