July 26, 2007


Democrats shift approach on abortion: As lawmakers and candidates appeal to religious voters, their language and policy goals on the issue have a ring of conservatism. (Stephanie Simon, July 26, 2007, Los Angeles Times)

Sensing an opportunity to impress religious voters — and tip elections — Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail have begun to adopt some of the language and policy goals of the antiabortion movement.

For years, the liberal response to abortion has been to promote more accessible and affordable birth control as well as detailed sex education in public schools.

That's still the foundation of Democratic policies. But in a striking shift, Democrats in the House last week promoted a grab bag of programs designed not only to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also to encourage women who do conceive to carry to term.

The new approach embraces some measures long sought by antiabortion activists. It's designed to appeal to the broad centrist bloc of voters who don't want to criminalize every abortion — yet are troubled by a culture that accepts 1.3 million terminations a year.

Such is the nature of a political realignment that the minority party only gets to govern when it acts like the majority party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2007 6:43 AM

Right. Only it's a maskirovka a deception, a trick. The witches and queers still rule that party and they hate life and the hate reproduction.

Biden mocking the gun guy is the tip-off. Maskirovka.

What we must do is to keep hammering them with specifics on their stealth issues. Do not let them escape with platitudes.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 26, 2007 8:27 AM

Lou is correct of course. That said, once opponents have accepted some your rhetoric, it means that they are forced to fight on your turf.

We are winning this issue.

On to Public Education

Posted by: Bruno at July 26, 2007 9:52 AM

Here's the one question about abortion that needs to be asked of Democrat candidates: What is your ideal for the number of abortions that should take place in America? The only correct answer, of course, and the one that 90% of the public would say, is zero, but they wouldn't be able to say that, because it would mean that they think that abortion is wrong, and that is something that the true believers cannot concede.

Posted by: b at July 26, 2007 2:02 PM