Will Abortion Sink the Democratic Party in 2020? By Fletch Daniels for American Thinker
The big wild card issue heading into the 2020 election is abortion because of how radical Democrats have become on this issue.
Opposition to abortion is the issue that elicits the greatest voting passion for many Americans.
This is for good reason. The question of when life begins is of profound importance. To believe that a baby is alive and not worthy of protection is unconscionable. Life itself is the first of the inalienable rights articulated in the Declaration of Independence, and protecting life is not an insignificant step in providing the blessings of liberty to our posterity as enshrined in the Constitution.
For years, Democrats attempted to maintain the myth that life doesn’t start until birth, which can be described as the Pete Buttigieg “breath” standard, although plenty of Democrats support going even farther to denying protection of life even after birth.
That myth was shattered by the widespread availability of ultrasounds. It is simply not possible to view a second-trimester ultrasound and not realize that it is a human life.
But even as it became increasingly obvious that unborn humans are alive to more and more Americans, Democrats staked out increasingly radical positions.
The “safe, legal, and rare” language that Democrats used in the ’90s has given way to the current Democrat platform of abortion on demand up to and even after birth. Abortion is portrayed no longer as a tragic choice, but as something to be celebrated.
The only Democrat candidate still running who sanctions any restrictions on abortion is Tulsi Gabbard, who believes that it should be illegal in the third trimester.
Gabbard rolled the “safe, legal, and rare” language back out for third debate. Interestingly, Dr. Leana Wen, the recently fired president of Planned Parenthood, used that same language.