Democrats' extreme abortion push
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The left has abandoned the next generation.

Once the party of “safe, legal, and rare,” Democratic candidates and elected officials across the country last week proved that they’re anything but. Both on the Senate floor and the presidential debate stage, nearly every top “progressive” in America showed how little they care about infants, unborn children, and their constituents’ views.

Let’s start with the Senate. last Tuesday, they voted down motions to advance two bills that nearly any American would support. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Spokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome MORE (R-S.C.), would outlaw elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a point when many unborn children can likely feel pain. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseTrump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right Whoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' MORE (R-Neb.), would mandate a standard of medical care for infants who are born alive after surviving abortions.

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Neither measure is radical — the Born-Alive Act doesn’t even touch the subject of abortion. It merely prevents infanticide, while the Pain-Capable Act only matters in states that don’t already have a 20-week limit.

Leftists are near-unanimous in their support of one of the most extreme abortion industries in the world. This radical abortion agenda has been set by groups like Planned Parenthood, which has increasingly shown its true focus: abortion advocacy, not women’s health. The group is a political juggernaut that spent $40 million in 2016 to elect politicians to protect the abortion industry. Under their influence, even “moderate” Democrats support the status quo instead of standing up for the 88 percent of Americans who support limits on elective abortion.

The failure of the Born-Alive bill is even more shocking. After states like New York passed bills allowing abortion until the moment of birth, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam seemingly endorsed infanticide, it became clear that living, breathing children were in grave danger.

Bizarrely, no current federal law ensures that doctors provide abortion survivors medical care. Obviously, Americans support this common-sense measure. In a national poll conducted last year by Heritage Action for America, the organization I help lead, 76 percent of respondents supported requiring doctors to provide medical care to these survivors — only 10 percent opposed it. Yet all but three Democrats opposed the bill on Tuesday, distancing themselves further from their constituents.

On Tuesday, while conservatives were trying to advance these two popular, commonsense bills, the left was focused on Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach No, the government cannot seize, break or 'bypass' pharmaceutical patents — even for COVID-19 MORE cynically scoring political points on Mike Bloomberg for straying from their abortion talking points.

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In the South Carolina debate, Warren turned to Bloomberg and accused him of telling a pregnant employee to “kill it.” But if, according to Warren, abortion is “healthcare,” where’s the foul? In the progressive mind, where an unborn baby is a “clump of cells” and a newborn is a “fetus that was born,” everything from hormone blockers to third-trimester abortions are “healthcare” — though not medical care for newborns. Maybe her real objection wasn’t Bloomberg bossing women around — it was that he acknowledged abortion kills a life.

The abortion debate last week reflects the drift of the national Democratic Party writ large. On topics from health care to immigration to capitalism, the party has left behind average Americans — and increasingly, mainstream Democrats — in its quest to out-woke itself. But not even Elizabeth Warren can contest the facts: nearly every American wants time limits on elective abortion like the rest of the free world, and we want doctors to care for our nation’s newborns. That’s not an extreme position — maybe that’s why the left won’t actually address it.

It’s time for conservatives to set themselves apart on this issue. As the left leaves behind average Americans with their increasingly extreme views, the right can offer an alternative. Political pundits have said pro-life or social issues are not winning issues, that is no longer true today. The more we talk about the value of life, the more Americans hear our message of hope. For the sake of my children’s generation, I hope they listen.

Jessica Anderson is Vice President of Heritage Action.