For decades, the Democratic Party has used its control of the news media and the language used in the national abortion debate to paint the pro-life movement as being extremist and out of touch with the views and the values of the American public.
In fact, it's the progressive left in this country that has always been the extremist group on the abortion issue. And that's never been clearer than now.
In recent years, the pro-life movement managed to create strategies that forced the pro-abortion side to begin explicitly stating what it wants. As long as abortion advocates were allowed to use vapid, ill-defined "choice" language, it would appear as if they were winning the issue.
Pro-life forces have managed to force the other side to shift from saying, “You want to stop women from exercising their legal Constitutional choice!” to “I want abortion legal in the ninth month of a pregnancy!”
The pro-abortion lobby has been forced to give ground by being led to explicitly state what it is they actually want. And what the pro-abortion lobby wants now is to make abortion legal in the third trimester (the sixth to ninth months of pregnancy) in as many states as possible.
Abortion was legalized in this country in 1973 by the Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. Abortion has been legal in all 50 states since then and, despite what pro-abortion activists might be telling you, it remains legal in all 50 states.
After Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, however, individual states were allowed to set their own limitations and restrictions. Most states have put limits on the procedure, and it's completely valid and 100 percent legal under Roe v. Wade for them to do so.
Abortion extremists, however, have now embarked on a crusade to convince the American public that a grave injustice is being done to women in this country because a majority of states won't allow abortion into the third trimester.
In a Gallup poll from June 2018, 48 percent of women polled self-described themselves as "pro-choice," while a full 47 percent self-described as "pro-life." But if you get all your news on the abortion issue from the DNC media complex, it's understandable why you would not be aware of this.
Here's where I point out that even many of the women who describe themselves as pro-choice balk at the idea of legal third-trimester abortions. While many self-described pro-choice women want abortion legal in the first trimester, fewer want abortion available in the second trimester; almost none want to see it legal in the third trimester.
When 48 percent of the females polled self-describe as "pro-choice," but the percentage of the total U.S. population—men and women polled together—who think that abortion should be legal in the third trimester sits at 14 percent, it means a whole lot of pro-choice women aren't endorsing this extremism.
The Gosnell EffectThe Kermit Gosnell case in Pennsylvania was a game-changer, in that it forced states to take a long, hard look at their laws on legal abortion limits. The result was that many states began moving to tighten their rules. For example, Texas now bars the procedure 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, earlier than the previous 26 weeks.
Legislators taking these actions realized that their states' abortion limits dated to the 1970s and didn't take into account medical advances that have indicated an earlier age of viability. Those old rules set 24 to 26 weeks (about six months) as the legal limit in many states.
You can imagine how this made Democrats feel, suddenly watching a bunch of states introducing and passing bills to tighten their legal abortion regulations. As usual, progressive far-left activists overreacted. Instead of trying to raise the limits back to 24 to 26 weeks, it was decided to go for the brass ring and begin fighting for legal abortion throughout the entire pregnancy.
Democratic Party ResponseSo what's been the Democratic Party response to this wave of pro-life legislation in the red states? It's been to make sure every single one of their presidential candidates enthusiastically embraces legal late-term abortions.
On top of the 2020 Democratic platform of open borders, abolishing ICE, claiming there's no border crisis, impeach Trump, repeal the Trump tax cuts, raise taxes, re-institute the Iran deal, and bring back the Obama economy, they actually seem to think that embracing late-term abortion is a sure-fire election winner!
We're watching a national party self-destruct before our eyes. They are taking extreme positions on almost every issue, not just abortion.