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OpinionDemocrats Shouldn’t Be So Certain About Abortion

17:15  15 july  2019
17:15  15 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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President Trump’s best chance for re-election lies in getting Democrats to approach complicated, tender issues with a tone-deaf, incoherent stridency that approaches his own. Unfortunately, he may be well on his way to doing just that.

Abortion now stands as the Democrats ’ backbone. They choose judges and filter their candidates through this lens. Some pro-life Democrats (an increasingly rare breed) rationalize their votes by contending liberal policies raise women socially and No other crisis facing our nation is so deadly.

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President Trump’s best chance for re-election lies in getting Democrats to approach complicated, tender issues with a tone-deaf, incoherent stridency that approaches his own. Unfortunately, he may be well on his way to doing just that.

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Despite all this, the Democratic Party and their allies will undoubtedly try to use Kaine as a way to keep the 32% of Democrats who consider themselves pro-life Instead, it’s time to expose the Democratic Party’s extreme stance on abortion , especially their support of later term abortions and their call for

Only three Democrats voted with the other side. Yet as I was watching I kept wondering: How much is our position on late-term abortions hurting us? We also shouldn ’ t take millennial voters for granted. Boomers saw the pro-choice movement as integral to their feminism. Millennials do not.

According to some progressives, Democrats need to learn from Mr. Trump’s style of politics and name enemies, draw harder lines and callously stoke the animosities that roil Americans’ lives for partisan advantage.

This emulation of Mr. Trump’s flattening of our political discourse to its extremes is evident in many areas, but perhaps nowhere more clearly than on abortion. There were several examples of this just in the last month.

In the first presidential debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren was asked if there was any restriction on abortion she supported; she could not name one, and no other candidate on the stage tried to either. Joe Biden was berated by his Democratic competitors and others for his previous support for the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion, and announced that he would now oppose it. And yet a Politico/Morning Consult poll from June showed that slightly more Democratic women support the Hyde Amendment (at 41 percent) than oppose it (at 39 percent). Overall, 49 percent of registered voters support Hyde, compared with 32 percent who oppose it. It is not so much that Mr. Biden was out of step with the Democratic electorate, but that the 2020 Democratic candidates are out of step with American voters, even Democratic voters, on the issue of abortion.

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Democrats will fund anti-choice candidates in conservative districts, Representative Ben Ray Luján This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for. To legislatively oppose abortion is to be Yes, abortion does draw certain groups to the polls. Trump’s success among evangelicals can

Abortions can only be carried out in an NHS hospital or a licensed clinic, and are usually available free of charge on the NHS. Abortions can also be paid for privately if you prefer. Costs for private abortions vary depending on the stage of pregnancy and the method used to carry out the procedure.

One reason I care about this issue is that I am a Democrat who very much hopes Mr. Trump will be defeated. I served in President Barack Obama’s White House and on both of his victorious presidential campaigns, leading religious outreach for his re-election campaign in particular, where I helped him overcome attacks that he was “pro-abortion.”

Mr. Obama is the most successful Democrat this century. Our party’s other presidential nominees, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, both underestimated their opposition, as well as the damage their approach to abortion would do to their campaigns. Despite the urgent and dramatic moral claims of both of their candidacies — Mr. Kerry’s call to end an unjust war and Mrs. Clinton’s attempt to deny the presidency to an indecent, xenophobic man — their failed efforts resulted in Republican presidencies that would make decisions not just on abortion, but voting rights, immigration policy, the budget, taxes and foreign policy.

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Escalating attacks on abortion rights may be contributing to a surge in pro-choice sentiment, according to a new ABC News/ Washington Post poll. HuffPost polling editor Ariel Edwards-Levy explained that the reason the law was so “deeply unpopular” was simple: “Most Americans don’ t hold absolutist

Escalating attacks on abortion rights may be contributing to a surge in pro-choice sentiment, according to a new ABC News/ Washington Post poll. HuffPost polling editor Ariel Edwards-Levy explained that the reason the law was so “deeply unpopular” was simple: “Most Americans don’ t hold absolutist

Yet instead of embracing Mr. Obama’s approach on this issue — along with the fact that when he left office the abortion rate was at a historic low — the 2020 candidates have taken an uncompromising stance, leaving potential Democratic voters who are sincerely concerned about abortion vulnerable to Mr. Trump’s appeals and exploitation.

We know that Mr. Trump is going to use this issue to insulate himself from attacks on his character and morals by casting Democrats’ approach to abortion as “evil” — just as he did in 2016. We saw a preview of this approach in this year’s State of the Union address, when he said that lawmakers “cheered with delight” at the passage of New York’s Reproductive Health Act, which he claimed would “allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth.” He characterized the governor of Virginia as willing to “execute a baby after birth.” This approach, particularly if Democrats are unable or unwilling to respond clearly and directly, can be politically effective.

A Marist poll in February, directly following the State of the Union and the controversies concerning the abortion-rights legislation in Virginia and New York, found that — for the first time in the decades-long history of the poll — as many Americans identified as pro-life as pro-choice, a 17-point swing from Marist’s similar survey just a month earlier. I have heard reports from private Democratic focus groups in a Rust Belt swing state in which Democratic voters raised, unprompted, concerns that Democrats support killing babies after they are born. Mr. Trump is going to tell the American people that his opponent supports infanticide, no matter what he or she actually believes. The Democratic nominee must have a clear, compelling message that will help persuadable voters see that he or she does not in fact support infanticide.

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In Missouri, where Democrats ’ fortunes have been dwindling for years, party members are trying to figure out She worried that the Democratic Party had moved too far left on abortion . Gone were the days when She added: “At a certain point, when you compromise your values, you are not winning.

The use of abortion to cast Democrats as immoral is not new, of course. And it is in part because of Republican extremism on this issue — evidenced by the recent abortion ban passed in Alabama, for instance — that Democratic politicians, strategists and commentators are arguing, as if it is a natural conclusion, that Democrats ought to respond with a similarly defiant, absolutist approach on the issue. This is not a logical response, though, but an ideological one. I would argue that Republican extremism on abortion should lead Democrats to move to the broad center in this debate or at least to entertain the center’s concerns.

The data is clear: A majority of the American people are in the middle on questions of abortion policy. According to a June NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 18 percent of Americans believe abortion should be “available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy,” while 9 percent want abortion illegal in all cases or illegal in all cases with an exception for saving the life of the mother (another 9 percent). The majority of Americans want to see abortion restricted to either the first three months of pregnancy (23 percent) or allowed only in the cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother (29 percent).

The disparity between our political parties’ approaches to the issue of abortion and that of the American people is not just a matter of policy, but also, crucially, a matter of tone, rhetoric and feeling. Here it’s not so much that Americans are somewhere in between right and left, but rather that they are on a whole different plane.

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The abortion debate would no longer be an absolutist position on one side against an absolutist position on the other. I’d love to see a poll asking that question, but intuitively, at least, it seems to me that the Democrats would instantly become competitive with enough voters to make a difference.

Democrat grandmother as one example of a genuine Christian, if by Christian we are talking about following the Have you ever read the gospels? Homosexuality and abortion are two topics that, as far as we know, Jesus There is a lot more to Republicans and Democrats than the issue of abortion .

A 2018 Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 62 percent of Americans believe abortion is a complicated issue rather than a simple one. An earlier P.R.R.I. survey showed that a majority of both black and Hispanic Americans believe abortion is “morally wrong.”

This kind of nuance is nowhere to be found among most national Democrats, including our 2020 candidates (with the exception, perhaps, of Joe Biden). Democrats used to express great offense if Republicans described them as the party of “abortion on demand.” Now, Democratic candidates seem happy to leave the impression that their party is just that, often justifying their position by suggesting it’s a direct result of listening to women, communities of color and those with low incomes.

Here’s the problem: They don’t speak for these communities when they appear to support abortion on demand. We know that 73 percent of women believe abortion should be restricted to at least the first three months (with a large percentage of those women supporting even greater restrictions). According to a June Morning Consult/Politico poll, 42 percent of Hispanics support Hyde (28 percent oppose), as well as 36 percent of African-Americans (37 percent oppose) and 46 percent of Americans with an income under $50,000 (31 percent oppose).

The candidates use similar rhetoric to argue against restrictions and requirements like mandatory ultrasounds, requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges and mandatory waiting periods, all of which have majority or near-majority support among women, communities of color and the poor.

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Is certain death really the answer to potential neglect or abuse? But until abortion advocates can prove this to be so , financial distress can never justify abortion . I just wanted to say that I am so pleased to read your stance on abortion in the case of rape.

Jerry Brown wants "a party that rises above the more particular issues to the general issue of making America great."

If a Democratic presidential nominee held and communicated views that reflected the median Democratic voter, that nominee would support and defend Roe v. Wade, but express moral reservations about abortion itself; offer openness to additional restrictions on abortion, including a ban on late-term abortions with limited exceptions; and call for a set of policies with the purpose of reducing the abortion rate in America, such as paid family leave, workplace protections for parents and pregnant women, increased access to birth control and a strengthened social safety net.

This was basically Mr. Obama’s approach. It would be smart to take it the next time Mr. Trump uses abortion to pose as some great respecter of human dignity.

Unfortunately, Democrats seem more ready to exclude voters who are uncomfortable with their abortion policies than to reach out to them. Perhaps most illustrative of this are recent comments by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand when she met the editorial board of The Des Moines Register.

In the interview, a member of the board pointed out that Democrats had previously refused to explicitly state that they would appoint only justices who support Roe v. Wade out of deference to judicial independence. Ms. Gillibrand replied: “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have, as a society, decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s O.K. to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America, I don’t think those are political issues anymore.”

What Ms. Gillibrand claims is a matter of such moral clarity that it is beyond political debate is considered by most Americans to be an issue of great moral complexity that our politics has not settled satisfactorily. Many Democrats seem to think that Mr. Trump’s vicious politics of division — his willingness to pit Americans against one another and discount large portions of the electorate — gives them room to take inflexible positions of their own and still win. They may be right this time, but I wouldn’t be so certain.

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Michael Wear (@MichaelRWear) is chief strategist of the AND Campaign, a Christian civic education and advocacy organization, and the author of “Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.”

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