Abortion politics are rapidly approaching a breaking point in our country, with Democratic presidential hopefuls finding themselves on the wrong side of history and out-of-step with a vast majority of Americans regarding this contentious issue. The growing disconnect between frenzied abortion extremists within the Democratic presidential field and their prospective constituents is on full display with every prime-time appearance.
No doubt this will again prove true during the second Democratic presidential debate in Miami.
As presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said earlier this month during a fundraiser for the Iowa Democratic Party, “I don’t think there is room in our party for a Democratic candidate who does not support women’s full reproductive freedom.” This was an apparent response to front-runner for the 20020 Democratic nomination and former Vice President Joe Biden’s short-lived support for the popular Hyde amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortion.
Senator Gillibrand and her fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls, all desperately trying to appease a hysterical multi-million-dollar abortion lobby, only alienate the public and further distance their Oval Office aspirations from becoming reality the harder they move toward abortion extremism.
There was a glimmer of hope for Vice President Biden when he came out in support of the Hyde amendment, but, as political-communications consultant Kelly Sloan writes for the Washington Examiner, the “fact that [Biden] was so willing, so quick to abandon what remains a very popular and sensible sidebar to the abortion argument is illustrative of how completely any hint of moderation is now grounds for political excommunication.”
Democratic party leadership, clearly, is drifting farther from its moral center and farther from the more moderate Democratic voters it needs to woo heading into 2020. Nationwide, for example, more than 70 percent of Americans believe abortion after 20 weeks should be banned “except to save the life of the mother,” according to a recent survey conducted by Marist.
In stark contrast to this are the extreme pro-abortion laws being enacted across the country in states like Illinois, New York and Vermont.
Vermont and Illinois, for example, recently enacted laws that place no limits whatsoever on the procedure. A new law in Maine forces taxpayers to fund abortions. New York City recently allocated $250,000 of taxpayer money to fund the abortions of up to 500 women. Americans aren’t OK with this. After Gov. Cuomo signed into law a bill that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, Marist found that a majority of New Yorkers would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.
Yet, rather than appeal to the majority of Americans, Democratic presidential hopefuls and the party-platform leaders who hold the strings represent the mere 13% of Americans who believe in abortion-on-demand at any time during a woman’s pregnancy.
Even the New York Times recognizes Americans have nuanced opinions on abortion and that most voters don’t fall on polar-opposite sides of the spectrum. “Democrats running for president today often characterize abortion rights as absolute. And they steer clear of saying what polls have repeatedly shown about Americans’ views since Roe v. Wade made abortion a constitutionally protected right in 1973: It’s complicated.”
Something that’s not complicated? The idea Democratic presidential candidates will lose in 2020 if they continue to carry water for the Planned Parenthoods and Emily’s Lists of the world. Towing the extreme Democratic-party hardline on abortion may fill candidates’ war chests, but it won’t work for the large majority of voting Americans who disagree with these policies.
• Jeanne F. Mancini is president of the March for Life.