Most of the posts I have written in recent weeks have to do with the economy and the campaign we are currently in. I have deviated from that theme from time to time, but very rarely. I believe the economy is the most important issue we are facing and that Barack Obama’s dismal record needs to be highlighted. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have done a good job of keeping the economy in the forefront of the discussion, as they should be, but abortion has once again inserted itself into the campaign.
In recent days, we have had to deal with the fallout over the remarks made by Todd Akin. As should have been expected, the media has jumped all over the story and once again, the Republicans found themselves playing defense over a comment that none of us want to defend. What Todd Akin said is not something we believe, or want to defend. The comment had to do with rape, but the question Akin was asked was about abortion, and behold, the issue is back in the campaign.
The liberal Democrats have made much ado about the announcement of one of the GOP platform planks this week. Even though the plank on abortion has not changed in years, stating that the party opposes abortion in all cases, the liberals are calling it the Akin plank. It should be noted that even though the plank opposes abortion, with no exceptions, Mitt Romney does not agree with that. He opposes abortion, but believes there should be exceptions for the victims of rape and incest.
How do the Democrats feel about abortion? If anything their support of abortion has grown stronger. They believe abortion should be freely available, with no restrictions. This includes late-term abortions. Barack Obama agrees with this, although he is willing to allow the states to go ahead with efforts to limit the practice, especially those that are considered late-term. Make no mistake, he is still in favor of elective abortions.
How does all of this jive with the feelings of most Americans? According to Chris Stirewalt, not so much. If he is right, it may not bode well for Obama and the Democrats.
(Fox News) However far right Republicans have moved on the subject of life, Democrats have become only more rigid in their liberalism. The GOP will soon nominate a candidate who disagrees with the conservative base about exempting victims of rape and incest from a proposed abortion ban. Could a Democrat who favored restrictions on abortion win that party’s nomination?
Romney seems to be mostly in step with public sentiment on the subject: pro-life with caveats. Obama and his party are trying hard to suggest that Romney is an extremist, but abortion has become a losing issue for the blue team, especially in the predominantly Catholic battleground states of the Rust Belt.
Like gun control, support for unrestricted access to abortion has become a political relic of the 1980s and before. Thanks to a very successful push by religious groups and the wonders of ultrasound technology, support for elective abortion is politically untenable in most states, yet Democrats abide in their support for the practice.
Most Americans fall somewhere between the Republican and Democratic platforms on the subject, but more of them line up with Romney, pro-life with few exemptions, than do with Obama, pro-choice with few exemptions.
If there is one thing that President Obama and the liberal Democrats have been successful at, it is painting Republicans as extreme in their views. They use comments like Todd Akin’s to drive that point home, even if it isn’t true. In light of that, riddle me this. Who holds the more extreme view on abortion? A President who supports the right of a woman to have an elective abortion, no matter how late it is in the pregnancy, or a Republican candidate for President who believes in the sanctity of life, but is willing to allow for instances of rape, incest, or the life of the mother?
Many social conservatives have been harsh on Mitt Romney because he is willing to allow the above mentioned exceptions, but as Chris Stirewalt has pointed out, Romney’s views are in line with those of most Americans. On the other hand, Barack Obama supports allowing a woman to kill her unborn child, with no exceptions. Which of these men best describes a true ideologue? Which of these men best describes a radical extremist? In no way am I belittling social conservatives and the views they hold on abortion, but I would ask one question. Would they rather have a President who is willing to restrict abortion, with few exceptions, or a President who wants absolutely no exceptions to the most barbaric of practices? I believe the answer to that is easy.
I am encouraged by the shift I am seeing in America. We are winning the fight against the practice of elective abortion. It isn’t coming quickly, but through education and medical technology, we are slowly pushing back on the idea that a woman should be able to choose to kill her unborn child. Electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will be another small step in the right direction. In my books, I call that a win.
Steven Birn has another take on this issue.
Linked at Women Against Abortion