2020 Dems’ stances abortion: Unjust and ignorant

Stefani Reynolds

More than a dozen Democratic candidates have announced or officially entered the 2020 presidential race. Not one has said they support abortion restrictions of any kind. Not a single candidate has deviated from the Democratic Party platform’s support of federally funded abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason.

With recent polls revealing that the electorate is increasingly pro-life, this extreme pro-abortion stance is in stark contrast to the views of the large majority of Americans.

{mosads}Rather than adopting the Democrats’ extreme stance on abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, the latest polling shows a full 75 percent of the 1,066 Americans surveyed believe that abortion should be limited to the first trimester. This includes 92 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Independents, 60 percent of Democrats and even 6 in 10 people who identify as “pro-choice.”  

This most recent survey of Americans’ views on abortion was taken in the wake of efforts in several states to legalize abortion up until birth, a position Democratic politicians generally support.

The new polling results show a massive double-digit shift away from the pro-choice position and towards a pro-life stance. The greatest shift has been among Democrats and people under 45. The number of Democrats calling themselves pro-life increased by 14 percentage points and the proportion of Democrats identifying as pro-choice dropped from 75 percent to 61 percent.

Younger Americans’ position has also shifted dramatically and is now split almost evenly between 47 percent pro-life to 48 percent pro-choice. One month before the polling, the gap was almost 40 percentage points with only 28 percent identifying as pro-life and 65 percent identifying as pro-choice. Americans are now, for the first time since 2009, as likely to identify as pro-life as pro-choice.

Only 13 percent of Americans believe that abortion should generally be legal in the third trimester. And even fewer — only 12 percent — support using federal tax dollars to fund abortions at any stage.

The veil has been lifted on the Democratic Party’s 1996 statements describing abortion as a “difficult issue” we should make “less necessary” and “more rare”. Though the Democratic Party platform has long been in favor of abortion, in 2016, the Democrats adopted radical language promising to “oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” a law which prevents federal tax dollars from paying for abortions that has passed Congress with bipartisan support every year since it was first enacted in 1976.

This month, on March 12, 2019,  the Senate introduced a bill to reverse Hyde and force any federal health program to directly pay for abortions. This effort to reverse Hyde goes against the majority of Americans’ views, given that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose their tax dollars paying for abortion.

The 2020 Democratic candidates have fallen in line with their party. Instead of responding to the American electorate, which is increasingly concerned with our country’s anti-life ideology, they answer to their financial backers: pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and its political arms. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), in a leaked memo, told Planned Parenthood that he “oppose[s] the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act,” signaling his support for the (currently illegal) practice of killing children as they are born.

In 2016, then-Attorney General of California Kamala Harris, ordered a raid on a private citizen’s residence to confiscate footage that contained evidence of alleged illegal activity at Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, her campaign website for U.S. Senate included a petition on behalf of Planned Parenthood, and her campaign accepted money from the abortion group.

Even though the Democratic Party continues to use language about “compassion” and “morality,” all of the senators who have declared their candidacy voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This act would would have ensured babies that survive abortions are given appropriate medical care.

All six have 100 percent approval ratings from NARAL, an extreme pro-abortion lobbying group, and all six voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have protected preborn babies after 20 weeks gestation. For the record, the United States is one of only seven countries worldwide that allows for abortion after 20 weeks, putting us on an ignominious list with known human rights violators like North Korea and China.

Newly announced presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, boasts a 100 percent rating with both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. O’Rourke sponsored a radical pro-abortion bill that would have eliminated nearly all state and federal abortion regulations, including waiting periods, informed consent requirements, bans on late-term abortions, sex-selective abortions, and more. That 2017 bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, had dozens of Democratic sponsors, including presidential candidates Harris, Warren, Booker and Gillibrand.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was previously pro-life but has shifted her stance to match the Democratic Party’s 100 percent pro-abortion platform. Rep. John Delaney’s voting record indicates that he is in favor of loosening, not tightening, limitations on abortion. After undercover videos showed strong evidence that Planned Parenthood was illegally harvesting and selling body parts of aborted babies, Delaney vowed to support Planned Parenthood and urged his state’s governor to offset any federal cuts to the abortion giant from within the state budget.

Another presidential contender, Julian Castro, the so-called “Catholic” mayor of San Antonio, Texas, says of his support for abortion, “We disagree on this, the Pope and I.” The two Democratic candidates who are currently not politicians, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang, have gone out of their way to placate pro-abortion advocates. Williamson has bent over backwards to make it clear that she is “100% pro-choice,” and Yang’s campaign platform says, “Access to safe and affordable abortion services should also be provided to all Americans.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) has been less overt about his support for abortion, and Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) has not explicitly supported late-term abortion. But Hickenlooper has never attempted to distance himself from his party’s radical platform.

He is an open supporter of abortion and of Planned Parenthood and in 2018, Inslee signed a bill forcing all employers — including those with pro-life convictions — to pay for abortions through their health-care plans.

On abortion, the Democratic Party and its 2020 Democratic candidates are ignoring the American electorate and the scientific realities of human life in the womb, all while pretending to care about innocent life.  Just a few days after voting against the Born-Alive Survivors Protect Act, Sen. Kamala Harris said in a statement supporting gun control, “We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered.” It is hard to see how this is anything but hypocrisy.

As science reveals more and more about prenatal developmental and embryology, it becomes impossible to deny the humanity of children in the womb without denying science itself.

America’s abortion laws are, simply put, unjust and ignorant, based in a Supreme Court opinion penned by seven justices who, with no scientific backing, claimed that preborn human beings are not human. It is time for politicians — and political parties — to embrace science and protect the rights of our most vulnerable.

Lila Rose is the president and Founder of Live Action. Follow her on Twitter @lilagracerose.

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