For years, conservatives have been anxiously watching as Democrats have slowly but surely developed and marketed an increasingly radical position on abortion.
It all started back in 1999 when Barbara Boxer stood on the Senate floor and said that a baby isn’t a baby until it leaves the hospital. It was immediately clear that Democrats could care less about the value of human life. Things have only gotten worse since then.
Over the last few years, we have seen prominent Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz come out and echo that same kind of backwards thinking by refusing to accept any restriction on abortion whatsoever. Meaning, anything goes at any point of a pregnancy.
The Democrats are putting together their 2016 party platform and it’s starting to look like a total mess. Bernie Sanders came out this week bragging about how great it is which is the biggest red flag you can possibly imagine.
One of the most startling aspects of the platform is what the Democrats have come up with on abortion. Thankfully, not every Democrat is on board with this reckless new direction. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin had a couple things to say about that.
Via John McCormack, who’s done excellent work following the Democrats’ descent into fully-codified fanaticism on abortion, here is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin blanching at his party’s brand new platform stance. Here’s Manchin distancing himself from the draft language in an interview last week:
West Virginia senator Joe Manchin condemned the proposed language in the Democratic platform regarding the Hyde amendment on Wednesday. “That’s crazy,” Manchin told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “It’s something that I know most of the Democrats in West Virginia and most West Virginians would not agree with. I don’t either.”
Yeah, no kidding.
It’s nice to know there is one Democrat out there who is a little conflicted about the thought of a fully developed child being ripped out of the womb and barbarically torn apart before being thrown in a trashcan or shipped off to a lab for profit.
Maybe, just maybe, we can do better than that?
It just so happens that the majority of the American public agrees with Joe.
From Washington Times:
A hefty majority of Americans – including a majority of those who consider themselves pro-choice – support “substantial abortion restrictions”, says a new Marist Poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and released Tuesday.
The survey found that 81 percent of Americans and 66 percent of those who identify as pro-choice would restrict abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. Eighty two percent of women agree with that. The pollster says these findings have been consistent for the last eight years.
In addition, 55 percent of American overall agree that “abortion ultimately does a woman more harm than good”; 56 percent of women and 27 percent of pro-choice advocates agree. Six in 10 Americans – including 61 percent of women – say abortion is “morally wrong.” One-third of pro-choice Americans agree.
Another 77 percent overall – including 79 percent of women and 71 percent of pro-choice supporters – say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child. Seventeen percent of Americans overall, 15 percent of women, 23 percent of pro-choice identifiers disagree.
It isn’t unusual for Democrats to be on the wrong side of history or on the wrong side of public opinion but they are trending vigorously in the wrong direction here and odds are they are going to need to start dialing back a little bit if they want to appeal to a broader audience.
Odds of that happening?