(JTA) — Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing criticism from liberal activists for suggesting that young women are complacent about their abortion rights.
“Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided,” Wasserman Schultz told The New York Times Magazine in an interview published Wednesday.
Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision that established the right to an abortion.
The abortion rights group Reproaction encouraged its supporters to criticize her on Twitter with the hashtag #DearDebbie.
— reproaction (@reproaction) January 6, 2016
Wasserman Schultz responded to the controversy in a statement Wednesday.
“We need women of every generation — mine included — to stand up and speak out, and that is the main message I sought to convey in that interview,” she wrote.
Some supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have criticized Wasserman Schultz in recent months for favoring Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the party’s nomination. There have been fewer Democratic primary debates than Republican debates and some have been scheduled at low-TV-viewership times, giving Sanders fewer high-profile opportunities to challenge Clinton.
Last month, the DNC temporarily cut off the Sanders campaign from the party’s important voter data files after a staffer peeked at Clinton’s data during a software glitch — leading to a public spat between the campaign and the party leadership.
Asked about the petitions calling for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she still has confidence in the DNC chairwoman, ABC News reported.