Pro-Abortion Joe Biden Scales Back Advertising as His Campaign Falters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2019   |   5:05PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-abortion presidential candidate Joe Biden is scaling back his online advertising as his campaign falters and other Democrats seeking the party’s not against President Trump are coming on strong.

Biden not only supports killing unborn children in abortions up to the day of birth, he’s announced a plan to force Americans to fund them with their tax dollars. The spending drop coincides with a well-received letter from Father Frank Pavone telling Biden his pro-abortion views are antithetical to the Catholic faith.

As the Daily Caller reports:

Biden is dramatically scaling back digital ad buys while his fellow Democratic opponents are ramping up their online presence, a move some strategists say is unusual for a serious political candidate.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other top candidates are outspending Biden online. Biden’s lack of online spending on Facebook and Google ads over the last week come as President Donald Trump continues to throttle him for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to fire a top prosecutor who was looking into a company tied to his son.

Biden has instead shifted his spending toward buying television ads in Iowa, which hasn’t helped his campaign much. Warren, a leading rival for the 2020 nomination, recently surpassed him in a key Iowa poll.

Democratic strategists are trying to make sense of the decision.

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“It’s clear that there’s something in the numbers that’s directing them to go in that direction, and the likeliest explanation is that the rate of return just wasn’t there for Facebook and Google,” Tim Lim, a Democratic digital strategist, told The New York Times Monday. “Which is very, very unusual.”

Though Biden once was more moderate on abortion, supporting restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions and other measures, more recently, he has embraced his party’s extreme platform on abortion. In June, he announced that he no longer supports the Hyde amendment, which restricts taxpayer-funded abortions.

Biden’s new health care plan would expand abortions in multiple ways. If elected president, he would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, prohibiting states from passing even moderate restrictions that protect unborn babies from late-term abortions, according to the report.

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Biden’s health care plan would force insurers to cover abortion as “essential” health care. In doing so, he would end the Hyde amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions for any reason up to birth.

His plan also would restore the funding that President Donald Trump cut from the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood, according to reports. This would include ending the Mexico City policy, which prohibits foreign aid funding to groups that promote and provide abortions overseas. Under Trump, the policy cut about $100 million from the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s budget.

The Washington Post reports Biden’s plan would cost approximately $750 billion over 10 years and cover an estimated 97 percent of Americans.

Though Democratic leaders are embracing an increasingly extreme position on abortion, most Americans are not. A new Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans want abortion legal “only in a few circumstances” (39 percent) or “illegal in all circumstances” (21 percent). That number jumped 7 percent from 2018.

A January poll by Marist University found an overwhelming majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion. It found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, while just 19 percent support such funding. Opposition to this funding includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent).

By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).

Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.

From 2001 to 2008, Biden’s voting record on pro-life issues was close to zero, according to the National Right to Life Committee. In 2005, for example, he voted against the Mexico City policy, which prohibits funding to overseas groups that promote and/or perform abortions. He also voted repeatedly to require that military service members’ abortions be covered by taxpayer dollars.

To show how extreme Biden has become, he once likened an abortion to an operation — as if taking the life of a baby before birth is somehow beneficial in the same manner as a patient’s operation.

Biden said: “Maybe where Romney is most sketchy is on women’s rights. I got a daughter and lost a daughter. I’ve got four granddaughters and Barack has two daughters. And this is to our core. Our daughters and our granddaughters are entitled to every single solitary operation, every single solitary opportunity!”