Conservative Tomi Lahren Defends Abortion: Republicans Should Quit Talking About Social Issues

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 9, 2018   |   1:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren ripped into pro-lifers again last week as the nation waits for a new U.S. Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump.

Pro-lifers have high hopes that Trump will nominate a strong conservative justice to the high court, one who could be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

But Lahren strays from most conservatives on the abortion issue. On Fox News, she claimed that “pressing for a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would be a big mistake,” AOL reports.

To support her claim, Lahren pointed to a recent Quinnipiac poll that indicated 63 percent of Americans agree with Roe v. Wade.

“Yes, the new high court vacancy is a huge opportunity for conservative values and principles, I get it. And I understand the passion behind the pro-life movement,” Lahren said, the Christian Post reports.

“But to use conservatives’ new-found power and pull to challenge a decision that — according to a new Quinnipiac poll — most Americans support, would be a mistake,” she continued.

If Lahren had done more research, though, she would have found a much more complex picture in polls about abortion. While Americans say they support Roe, polls also have found that few actually understand what Roe is.

The infamous Supreme Court ruling opened the doors to legalized abortions for basically any reason up to birth. And Gallup polls consistently show that most Americans want abortions to be illegal or widely restricted.

Lahren described herself as personally pro-life, something politicians often do to defend their support of abortion. She said she does not think the government should be involved in the abortion issue.

“I’m saying this as someone who would personally choose life, but also feels it’s not the government’s place to dictate. This isn’t a black and white issue and I would never judge anyone in that position,” she said.

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Lahren claimed conservatives lose elections by focusing too heavily on “social issues,” like rights for unborn babies. Instead, she said issues like the economy, tax reform and immigration are what appeal most to voters.

If conservatives focus on those issues, “we’ll sail into 2020 with all three government branches in our control. That’s how we get things done for the American people. That’s how we win,” Lahren claimed.

Many pro-lifers would disagree. Pro-life is a winning political issue, with many pro-life Americans supporting protections for unborn babies at a greater level than America has now.

Trump is expected to announce his nominee Monday evening.