Little mainstream media attention is being given to the radical abortion position now being espoused by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Their position is radical and extremely out of touch with most Americans, but general public knowledge of it could damage Clinton’s already scandalized campaign even more.
Among the most extreme measures, Clinton and the Democratic Party are pushing to force taxpayers to fund abortions and calling specifically for support of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which is under investigation for selling aborted babies’ body parts.
In an editorial this week, the Washington Examiner called out Clinton and the Democratic Party for shifting toward “abortion extremism.” They wrote:
Back when Clinton’s husband was president, Democrats’ said abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” This was intended to signal to voters that Democrats knew abortion was undesireable but that they were the party of compassion and wanted to make it generally be available to women.
Today, Democrats encourage women to be proud of their abortions. The party abandoned the word “rare” in the 2008 platform, as abortion activists began claiming that the word stigmatized something that was both a benefit to society and a constitutional right.
… The party is no longer pro-choice, as it claims. Let’s call it what it is. It is pro-abortion.
Marching in step with the abortion industry, Clinton and the Democratic Party are now promising to try to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits direct taxpayer funding of most abortions. Upheld by the Supreme Court, the Hyde Amendment is now a target of abortion advocates who have moved from pro-choice to pro-abortion — forcing Americans not only to accept unlimited abortions before birth but also to pay for them.
Clinton promised Planned Parenthood that she will make every effort to overturn Hyde and force taxpayers to fund abortions, if elected president. The abortion giant stands to benefit hugely if Clinton or the Democratic Party are successful.
The proposed Democratic Party platform this year is more extreme than it has ever been, calling for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment and full-fledged taxpayer funding of abortion. The Democratic Party platform already supports legalized abortion on demand for any reason up until birth. In the latest draft of the platform, the Democratic Party also mentions the abortion giant Planned Parenthood specifically, saying it wants to “champion” the nation’s largest abortion chain and commit “to push back on all Republican efforts to defund it.”
This pro-abortion shift is very unpopular with the American people. Most Americans do not support taxpayer funding of abortion. A new Marist poll shows that more than two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including a majority of women and people who identify as pro-choice. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions.
Even some Democratic leaders are becoming squeamish with the radical abortion shift. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, who describes himself as pro-life, criticized the radical abortion language in an interview with The Weekly Standard.
“That’s crazy,” Manchin said. “It’s something that I know most Democrats in West Virginia and most West Virginians would not agree with. I don’t either.”