Could Abortion Radicalism Cost Democrats the 2020 Election?
Call me crazy, but something tells me that the issue of abortion is going to matter a whole lot in the 2020 presidential election.
While Americans as a whole have been fairly consistent, the Democratic Party has become more and more pro-abortion since Roe v. Wade. Republicans and independents, however, have become more pro-life. This trend has been going on for decades, but 2020 might be the first presidential election where abortion will be a significant issue—in favor of the Republican Party. And it all comes down to these extreme abortion bills that are being considered or passed in Democrat-controlled states.
In my state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allows for babies to be aborted up until the moment of birth. The signing of this bill was celebrated with landmarks such as One World Trade Center being lit up in pink.
In Virginia, Democrat Kathy Tran of the Virginia House of Delegates proposed her own bill that would allow for abortion up until the moment of birth, and Governor Ralph Northam (who’s also got other problems now) basically admitted that the bill being considered would essentially allow for the killing of babies after they're born.
Whether Democrats want to admit it or not, these radical abortion bills being taken up by various states are not a good look for the party. Because abortion is a sacred cow of the Democratic Party, as the 2020 Democratic Clown Car fills up, Democrat presidential hopefuls will have to position themselves even farther to the left… and these bills are undoubtedly going to force them to take a position on unrestricted abortion.
Forget euphemisms like “choice” and “reproductive health” or “women’s health care.” America may be a country that supports abortion rights, but for years polls have said that a sizable majority of Americans, even Democrats, believe in reasonable restrictions on abortion—restrictions today’s Democratic Party simply don’t believe in. Gone are the days of “safe and rare.” Democrats today oppose anything that might restrict the ability of — or change the mind of — a woman (or child) having an abortion.
What exactly do the polls say? According to a recent Marist poll, 75 percent of Americans believe abortion should be restricted to the first trimester. Fewer than one-third of Americans believe abortion should be legal under any circumstance. Americans may want abortion to be legal, but they want it to be rare, and only in certain circumstances. Today, Democrat activists are so far to the left that they fight tooth and nail to protect Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, and want women to proudly “shout your abortion” — as if having an abortion is an achievement worthy of a blue ribbon and a cash prize. Make no mistake about it, the recent abortion bills popping up are going to put Democrat presidential hopefuls on defense on the issue of abortion by putting them in a position of taking a side on these state bills. And some in the party recognize this as an opportunity for the Republican Party.