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Bad taste or smart campaign choice? Burner abortion move sparks strong debate

First District congressional candidate Darcy Burner is unapologetic for bringing abortion to the forefront of her campaign. (AP Photo/file)

Is abortion something to be cheered? That's the question many are asking after three-time Eastside congressional candidate Darcy Burner raised plenty of eyebrows when she called on women at a conference in Rhode Island who've had an abortion to stand up.

"If you are a woman in this room who has had an abortion and is willing to come out about it, please stand up," she said. A few did.

"Now if you are willing to stand with every woman who is willing to come out about having had an abortion, please join them and stand up," she said. This statement was followed by applause.

Afterwards, Burner was unapologetic about bringing such a controversial and personal issue to the forefront.

"The right has made this a shameful thing we're not allowed to talk about," said the candidate who previously lost twice to Congressman Dave Reichert and is now running in the newly revamped 1st district.

"There are people who don't want them to be able to stand up, who don't want people to stand with them, are people who want to shame them into silence and it's long past time we stop giving in to them," Burner told KING 5.

It's a new political tactic critics say could backfire.

"The vast majority of the population does not think it's something to be proud of," said Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute.

"I don't think you'll ever be successful at getting women, in general, to be celebrating these things," he said. "They obviously always come out of very sensitive and difficult circumstances," Backholm told KING 5.

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