The leaders of the Democratic Party are out of touch with the rank and file members of their party. Despite media reports to the contrary, real Democrats are more in alignment with Republicans on this issue than with President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Iowa Representative Cindy Axne, and the rest of the party’s leadership.
Democratic Party leadership is even wildly out of synch with the rest of the world.
The position of the party’s leadership is clearly defined in the dishonestly named “Women’s Health Protection Act,” which includes these elements:
- The end of all abortion regulations at the state level.
- Limitless abortion for the full nine months of a pregnancy.
- The end of conscience protection rights for doctors, nurses, and anyone who doesn’t want to participate in the process of ending the life of the unborn via abortion.
- Taxpayer funding for abortion.
Polling reveals the divide
A Harvard/Harris Poll just released in June shows that real Democrats are more in alignment with Republicans on abortion than with their own party leadership.
Sixty percent of real Democrats say that abortion should not be permitted after 15 weeks, putting them at odds with their leadership that calls for abortions through the entire 40 weeks of a normal pregnancy.
Eighty percent of rank and file Republicans agree with Real Democrats on restricting abortions to less than fifteen weeks.
For that matter, 47 out of 50 European countries have abortions bans between 12 and 15 weeks.
Only six other countries in the world have abortion laws as permissive as ours, including North Korea, China, and Vietnam.
In other words, it is Democratic Party leadership that is the outlier here. Real rank and file Democratic voters are more in touch with Republican voters and the rest of the world than their party leadership.
Nearly a third of Democrats believe abortion should be left up to the states
A large swath of real Democrats, 32%, believe abortion regulations should be left up to the individual states, affirming the Dobbs decision which overturned Roe v Wade.
By contrast, the Democratic leadership is adamant at ‘codifying’ Roe at the federal level via the previously mentioned “Women’s Health Protection Act.” This puts real Democrats more in alignment with Republican voters, 52% of whom agree that abortion regulations be handled by state legislatures.
Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham introduced a bill Tuesday called the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act. It would prohibit most abortions after 15 weeks, keeping it in synch with the views of real Democrats as well as the international community. It allows exceptions for standard life and health issues of the mother. And it allows individual states to regulate abortion within 15 weeks of fertilization.
Pro-life dust-up on Fox News
Senator Graham went on Fox News Jesse Watters’ show (above), and the conservative host took the Senator to task:
“What were the Republicans doing? On the day inflation roared back, and the market crashed, I thought I’d see Republican senators holding press conferences in front of grocery stores and gas stations, you know, promising to bring prices down if you put them back in charge. But that’s not what happened. Instead, Lindsey Graham called a press conference to propose a nationwide abortion ban.”
Watters misspoke. The bill calls for a 15 week ban, not a nationwide ban. Watters blasted the Senator for the timing of the bill:
WATTERS: “You know that’s not smart politics, right?”
GRAHAM: “There’s no bad time to defend the unborn.”
WATTERS: “No one is saying you need to sit on the sidelines, but yesterday wasn’t the day to do that. Yesterday was the day they lost all momentum when this inflation thing punched them right in the face, and you gave them an out.”
Pulse Life Advocates agrees with Senator Graham. There’s no bad time to defend the unborn. And the bill being proposed is not only NOT extreme, it aligns with a significant portion of real Democratic voters, as well as Republicans.
That’s the message pro-life politicians and their supporters need to emphasize non-stop between now and the midterm elections. Democratic leadership may be on the same page with North Korea and Red China, but they are wildly out of synch with the rest of the world, including their own party.
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