In an interview with Politico slamming recent failed Democratic Party attempts to appeal to moderate voters by welcoming a big tent on abortion, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that Democrats’ embrace of an extreme pro-abortion platform is not a political liability and further alleged most people support near-unrestricted abortion rights.
Richards lashed out at Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who said earlier this month that the pro-choice position would not be a “litmus test” in the committee’s decision to back candidates for next year’s midterms.
“It’s a shocking sort of misunderstanding of actually where the country is … which is overwhelmingly supportive of abortion rights and also, who are the ground troops that kind of fuel the election of candidates,” Richards told Politico.
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Her claims, however, are not supported by the facts.
A Pew Poll published last month revealed that a majority, 57 percent, of Americans believed that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 40 percent thought it should be illegal in most or all cases. That’s hardly a populace “overwhelmingly” in favor of abortion.
And while 75 percent of Democrats did indicate support for legal abortion, 36 percent of conservative or moderate Democrats — and 22 percent of Democrats overall — thought that abortion should always or almost always be illegal.
Furthermore, other data suggest that those Americans who do favor legal abortion are not in favor of the extreme pro-choice positions of the Democratic Party or its support for Planned Parenthood.
A January 2017 survey by the polling company inc./WomanTrend found that a majority of voters in five key 2018 battleground states — Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin — opposed funding Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money. Majorities in those same five states as well as the crucial state of Florida indicated they were less likely to support a senator who votes in favor of Planned Parenthood.
Politico published Richard’s interview on the same day Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed into law a bill preventing taxpayers from having to fund abortion through their health insurance plans.
“As a firm believer in Texas values, I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” Gov. Abbott said. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policyholders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”
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