The Patriot Post® · Abortion Demands Grow on Left

By Robin Smith ·

Politics is downstream of culture. As the mores, standards, and lack thereof change, so do our politics. Look no further than the definition of life in the womb.

Leftists’ demand for abortion is now just to be safe (for the mother), not rare. That’s in contrast to the stance from 28 years earlier. In 1992, the Democratic National Committee Platform referenced abortion twice. In the 2016 DNC Platform, the mentions of abortion increased to six with a great deal more copy devoted to demands of reproductive choice and “justice.”

Back in the days of Bill Clinton, Democrats promised affordable health care that included “the full range of reproductive choice — education, counseling, access to contraceptives, and the right to a safe, legal abortion.” They argued, “The goal of our nation must be to make abortion less necessary, not more difficult or more dangerous.”

But in the 2016 DNC Platform, the desire to see a reduction in the practice of ending the life of the preborn child in the mother’s womb is anathema for militant feminists. They now say, “We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.”

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, both the DNC and the Republican National Committee will publish their newest platforms that provide the ideological framework for the respective partisan organizations. Don’t be surprised to see even more radical language from Democrats who equate life-ending abortion with healthcare.

Still in doubt?

Just last week, Illinois Democrats defeated their last pro-life member of Congress, Congressman Dan Lipinski. Representing the more moderate but still Democrat 3rd Congressional District, Lipinski suffered a defeat at the hands of a more “progressive” Marie Newman, who had backing from all the big-monied abortion industry: Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Emily’s List, and Pro-Choice America. This bloodthirsty coalition spent over $1.5 million to aid the campaign aimed to defeat the incumbent Lipinski. It wasn’t just the big money of the abortion industry. The Who’s Who of hard-left politics joined in. Endorsements of Newman included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, along with other presidential hopefuls on the Left, has declared that abortion support be a “litmus test” to be deemed a Democrat. As time has passed, Democrats have become galvanized in their determination to support abortion as part of the modern Democrat Party.

Newman ran previously against Lipinski and lost in 2018. Her success in 2020 is due to any number of factors, but one that can’t be overlooked is that the new Democrats have no tolerance for any who define life as beginning at conception, or who say that the life of a preborn child should be protected.

Despite the decline in morals, universal support of abortion is not the mainstream opinion of Americans.

As few as 13% of Americans support abortion during the last trimester and more than 75% want restrictions on abortion — anything from limiting it to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowing it only in the case of rape or incest, or not permitting it at all. Even registered Democrats show limited support of abortion in the last three months before delivery, with just 18% supportive and up to 30% of Democrats being pro-life.

What does this mean? Are our politics becoming more radical? Are women really more likely to support abortion rather than motherhood?

Politics is downstream of culture. Our society has embraced less of God and more of self, which leads directly into the narrative that one’s life is all about one — the Me, Myself, and I Holy Trinity of the religion of Secularism. When the entity of secular deification is looking at any event or life choice, even pregnancy, one of the key factors is whether an event or action is convenient as well as whether said event adds to or takes away from the rights and independence of the individual involved.

Abortion is performed less today than in years past thanks to the improved technology around ultrasound imaging and laws that honor the rights of the preborn. But on the political front, the facts are that beliefs have shifted due to cultural indifference to truth that masquerades as tolerance and that which is now accepted as a societal good. Most alarming should be the latter. Abortion accepted as some societal good reflects our tendency toward selfish existence with no ability to understand legacy or the need for family — only convenience. The trouble with our politics reveals the trouble with our culture.