A strategic pattern emerges as politicians use abortion to amend state constitutions, not to safeguard a woman's access to abortion, but as a means to manipulate the emotions of the voter base, motivating turnout ahead of the 2024 presidential election to flip House seats.
Capturing the majority of 26 state House delegations is key to ensure victory in a contingent election. Shifting the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives away from Republicans is key and is realistic. Republicans failed a decisive 2022 midterm sweep precisely because they allowed their Democrat opponents to mischaracterize their position while refusing to articulate their own.
Going all in on this strategy is important to the Democrat political elite, but not for the reasons one might think. The smoky backroom Democrat strategic collective fears losing the Oval Office. This fear is reasonable given an unelectable incumbent. If they can't get the 270 electoral votes, there is still a way for them to name the next president.
To do this will require multiple presidential candidates to split the electoral vote, opening a contingent election in a House newly controlled by Democrats put there by the good intentions of voters who bought unrefuted abortion lies brought to them by dark money. Ohio's Issue 1 election is instructive.
Much to the frustration of anti-abortion people who know what time it is, Issue 1 in Ohio passed. The new constitutional amendment essentially makes abortion a human right, legalizing it through all nine months of pregnancy. There are several reasons for the win and one of them is not that Ohioans are less anti-abortion in 2023 than they were in 2022 when they decisively elected their unabashedly anti-abortion governor.
So, what changed with Ohio voters in one short year? Pro-abortion plotters found the sentimental Achilles' heel of the voting base who believe that rape victims and women whose lives are threatened by pregnancy must continue to have access to abortion.
Two important facts were conveniently obscured: 1) These awful scenarios comprise less than 2% of all abortions and 2) Republicans have never advocated for these imagined restrictions. To be sure, Democrats were successful in part because they outspent anti-abortioners nearly 4 to 1, raising $50M of their total $58M with money from pro-abortion states like New York.
But the message to Ohio voters did not include the extremely unpopular, ballot killing goal — abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. The $58M poison took the propaganda points secreted from the leader of the Democratic Party, President Joe Biden, shortly after the overturning of Roe at the second White House Reproductive Health Task Force.
That "Handmaid's Tale" like messaging is designed to throw the albatross of a fabricated future dystopian fiction around the neck of evil Republicans, salivating to force women to give birth by denying access to contraception and let them die on the operating table unable to receive emergency miscarriage treatment.
Herein lies the rub; creating abortion ballot initiatives through lies animates the voting base to cast ballots for these abortion initiatives in an honest, albeit misguided, attempt to rescue women from the evil machinations of sadistic Republicans seeking to enslave women or deny them lifesaving care. A happy accident which Democrats don't want to talk about is that these same voters will vote for any pro-abortion candidates who happen to be on the ballot, too.
It seems all too ridiculous. But if the abortion amendment ploy worked in a generally anti-abortion state like Ohio, it's a pretty good bet pro-abortion politicians in charge of the Democratic Party will continue relying on it for the presidential campaign.
So, while I believe abortion is wrong always and everywhere, it seems clear that situations like Ohio Issue 1 are not really about abortion. The abortion problem is being sold like snake oil to purchase votes. The endgame is a contingent presidential election decided by a newly elected 2024 House gone Democrat.
And who might be House GOP Speaker Mike Johnson's replacement? Democrat Hakeem Jeffries of the dark horse battle ground state, New York, seeking to singlehandedly flip control of the U.S. House. And what will New York do to get out the vote? A state constitutional ballot initiative enshrining abortion.
Adding to Democrat designs is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s decision to run as an independent. Recent polling shows him receiving 24% of the vote, assuming just three contenders in the race. What happens if former President Donald Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis run as independents failing to receive the Republican nomination? A four-way race surely slams the door to the magic electoral math of 270 to clinch a win.
If you think what is described above is a worst-case scenario, let's play it out a little further. Since contingent elections have little precedent, procedure or rules, there is a possibility that neither the House nor Senate will decide on a president and vice president in a timely fashion. Should this happen, the rules of presidential succession could cause the job to fall to the speaker of the House ... likely Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.
Whatever is happening with politicians' strategic use of abortion, opening Pandora's box to modify it certainly will not return U.S. elections to business as usual. The American body politic is ailing with a crisis of identity.
The moral problem that is abortion, like a symptom, points to a larger disease: We no longer "hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life ..."
The Rev. Jim Harden, CEO of CompassCare, an anti-abortion medical network based in Buffalo, New York. He is married with 10 children. He passionately exposes unequal enforcement of the law and immoral public policy. Read more of the Rev. Jim Harden's Reports — Here.
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