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Embracing abortion extremism, Democrats toss aside a strong majority of Americans

by | Oct 23, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat

Over the next few days we’ll take a look at the criticism (which is neither new nor persuasive) of the science undergirding the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

As regular readers know, HR 36 has already passed the House of Representatives and has been introduced into the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

But first I’d like to take a few minutes to comment on an op-ed that appeared Sunday in the New York Times written by Times’ columnist Ross Douthat under the headline, “The Democrats in Their Labyrinth.”

To be clear Douthat is not kind either to President Trump or to Alabama Republican senatorial nominee Roy Moore. He hammers them both.

But his aim is elsewhere–to the impossible corner into which many, if not almost all, Democrats have painted themselves: support for abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Repeat any.

Here’s the key paragraph from Douthat:

And who have the Democrats put up against him [Roy Moore]? An accomplished former prosecutor, the very model of a mainstream Democrat — and a man who told an interviewer after his nomination that he favors legal abortion, without restriction, right up until the baby emerges blue and flailing from the womb.

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Douthat observes

I know that certain of my readers may not consider this an extreme position, and imagine that people who do consider it extreme are also fitting out their wives with the lovely blue dresses from Netflix’s adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

To the Democratic Party, and senatorial candidates such as Doug Jones in Alabama, it may be incomprehensible that anyone could blanch at tearing apart huge babies, at or near viability, who can experience hideous pain as they are taken apart like flesh-and-blood Legos. But as for the rest of us….

[G]iven that a clear majority of Americans, women as well as men, favor banning abortion after 20 weeks, it might behoove liberals to bracket the Gilead scenario for a moment, and try to imagine what it’s like to believe that at least some abortions are tantamount to baby-killing. And I mean really make the imaginative leap: Imagine that whenever a politician says, “There shouldn’t be any restrictions on the right to choose,” you hear, “I think infanticide should be legal in America.”Would you vote for a candidate who said that?

Douthat then pivots. Okay, let’s say you’re the Democrats and you’ve pretty much given up on the South–no retreat “on feticide” for you. What about “mak[ing] up ground with more secular voters somewhere else — among all the lapsed Catholics and former Mainline Protestants scattered around the Midwest, for instance”? He then writes about issues which are not ours, but the point is that Democrats are also wildly out of step on issues that are critically important to voters in that region of the country.

Finally, Douthat keenly eviscerates the excuses that Democrats console themselves with in this time of near-panic: their reliance “on arc-of-history beliefs and long-term demographic trends.”

“But those trends do them no political good if they move left faster than does a leftward-moving country.”

Nothing but nothing shows how far Democrats have distanced themselves from the majority of the American people than their 100% embrace of abortion on demand, throughout pregnancy, for any reason or none, and paid for by taxpayer dollars.

We’ve written elsewhere today about the impending sense of doom many Democrats have about the upcoming gubernatorial contest in Virginia. That story and this are two sides of the same coin.

The party that used to bill itself as the party of the “little guy” and industrial America is now so far out to sea they can’t even see the electoral lighthouse.

Categories: Abortion Politics