Democrats’ abortion extremism
The Washington Post
Democrats used to say they wanted abortions to be “safe, legal, and rare,” said Alexandra DeSanctis. Bill and Hillary Clinton frequently used that phrase to signal that they were moderates who wanted to protect the right to abortion while “acknowledging the views of people with moral qualms about the practice.” Today, however, the progressive base vehemently objects to “rare” as an unacceptable concession to abortion opponents and rejects the idea—once embraced by both the Clintons and Barack Obama—that “abortion might be a subject on which reasonable people can disagree.” The Democrats’ new purity test on abortion requires viewing a fetus of any gestational age as a “clump of cells” with no restrictions even in the third trimester. But by moving so far left on the issue, Democrats are abandoning the 30 percent of their party who describe themselves as pro-life and the ambivalent middle of the electorate. Only 46 percent of Democrats support unrestricted abortion in the second trimester, and just 18 percent in the third. Democrats are making “a political mistake” by alienating independents and moderate Republicans who desperately want an alternative to President Trump—but can’t bring themselves to vote for unlimited abortion rights.