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The abortion issue has been in the news lately with the recent pro-life bills in Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri, as well as the pro-abortion bills in New York and Virginia several months ago to legalize abortion up until birth.
Like many of their stances, such as the support of the Green New Deal, “Medicare For All,” open borders, abolishing the electoral college, and reparations, the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion has become more and more radical, moving from “safe, legal, and rare” to abortion on-demand, up until, and even after birth. This extremist position is not only grossly immoral, but also unpopular.
According to a February Marist poll, 47% of Americans identify as pro-life, which is the same as the percentage that identifies as pro-choice. This is a great improvement for the pro-life side since a similar poll conducted by Marist just one month earlier found that only 38% of Americans identified as pro-life, and 55% identified as pro-choice.
Additionally, this poll also shows that 80% of Americans want abortion restricted to the first trimester or earlier. This includes 64% of Democrats. However, the opinions of Democrats on this issue contrast those of their representatives.
Every Democratic senator currently running for president voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill which would have protected children born-alive after surviving an abortion. This vote occurred after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam defended the Virginia abortion bill, which, if it had passed, would have allowed abortion up until birth. In addition, Northam took his stance even further and even justified infanticide.
The Democratic Party Platform also states that one of their goals is to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of federal funds to go towards abortion. Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden also took this stance recently, which is a shift from his more moderate position on abortion in 2007, when he said that taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortions and that he was against partial-birth abortion. Even while holding this new, radical view, Biden is still considered the “moderate” in the race.
Because every Democratic candidate is taking such a extreme stance on abortion, despite the majority of Americans disagreeing with them, this gives Republicans a chance to focus on this issue and emphasize just how inhumane the opposing stance is.
A common complaint from all sides of the political spectrum against President Trump is that he is not moral enough. From his “locker room talk” to having an affair with a porn star, his past behavior is not necessarily presidential.
However, if independents and socially conservative “Never Trumpers” have to choose between Trump or a candidate that is pro-abortion-up-until-birth, refuses to protect born-alive survivors of abortion, and wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment, Trump, to them, may very well be the more moral choice. With the Democratic candidates’ radical views, they may feel more of a need to vote for Trump than they did in 2016.
While Trump did state that he was pro-life during his 2016 run, it was not as much of a major issue, nor did he talk about it much. Now, with the growing extremism coming from the Democratic Party, the issue of abortion is growing more popular. It is the perfect opportunity for Trump to win over pro-life Never Trump conservatives and independents who did not vote for him in 2016.
Abolishing abortion should be a priority for the Republican Party because it is the morally correct thing to do, but having a pro-life stance is also a good strategic move for President Trump to have going into the 2020 election. The majority of Americans disagree with the far-left position on abortion, and forcing the Democratic candidates to defend their extreme views will only help Trump.