The unrestricted abortion stance of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates plays well to their base and will push one of them to victory in the short run — their party’s nomination — but it won’t get them across the finish line next November.
Only three candidates — Sens. Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sanders of Vermont, and Warren of Massachusetts — were asked to comment on the issue at Wednesday’s MSNBC-Washington Post debate in Atlanta.
While all three supported unrestricted abortion, Warren’s response was the most telling. And in doing so she ignored the moderator’s question, which was meant to focus on Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ signature on “one of the country's toughest laws restricting abortion.”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked, “Is there room in the Democratic Party for someone like him, someone who can win in a deep red state but who does not support abortion rights?”
Warren claimed that “abortion rights are human rights” and “economic rights,” and that she “want[s] to be an America where everybody has a chance.”
That argument ignores the “human rights” of the child within the womb, and suggests that economics is superior to human life.
It also suggests that she wants to create “an America where everybody has a chance” except for, again, that child growing in the womb.
Nonetheless, her views are shared by nearly every other Democratic candidate.
Although fellow presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was spared the question Wednesday night, he nonetheless made his opinion clear.
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor is the new frontrunner in the latest Iowa polls, where the first Democratic caucus is scheduled in February. His sudden rise is due, in no small part, to his moderate stance on the issues, as opposed to that of most of the other candidates.
He’s moderate in nearly every area except one: abortion. And he has an unusual approach to his support for it: He says the Bible told him so, according to a statement he made during a recent radio interview.
In answer to the argument that abortion equates to murder, he countered, "Then again, there's a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. So even that is something we can interpret differently."
Rather than make giant leaps of faith from the Bible, maybe Buttigieg should listen to a professional in the business.
One abortionist engaged in a bit of dark humor when he recently displayed a plaque on his desk reading, “Even on my Worst Days, I’m Killing It.” He knows what he’s doing even if Buttigieg chooses to ignore it.
A photo of him at his desk with the plaque prominently displayed was posted on Facebook early this month by former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson.
The New York Times nearly tied itself into a pretzel this week while describing fetal heartbeats. It denounced the Louisiana fetal heartbeat bill that Bel Edwards signed into law and on which Warren refused to comment at the debate.
The law prohibits “the abortion of an unborn human being with a detectable heartbeat.” The Times removed all trace of humanity that the legislation contained, by referring to the statute as “a state law barring abortion after the pulsing of what becomes the fetus’s heart can be detected.”
A fetal heartbeat is now “the pulsing of what becomes the fetus’s heart.” Got it.
Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt warned Democrats this week that their support for extreme positions such as Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, open borders and “free” college education won’t get them the presidency.
And that includes supporting abortion for any reason (or no reason at all), up to the moment of childbirth. Like the other far-left positions, it may play at Democratic committee meetings, but is far outside the mainstream of Middle America.
A Marris poll conducted earlier this year found a dramatic shift in attitudes on abortion, and indicated that Americans were now just as likely to self-identify as pro-life as they were pro-choice, at 47 percent each.
Gallup polls repeatedly find that even pro-choice Americans have favored at least some restrictions on abortions, with the latest suggesting that only 25 percent of adults support unrestricted procedures.
Americans have no interest in what Democrats are selling. Even though Buttigieg is perceived as a moderate, his other mainstream views will be forgotten each time he kneels at the altar of “Our Lady Partial Birth Abortion.” That may get him the nomination, but it’ll deny him, and all other Democratic candidates, the keys to the White House.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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