If we should govern based on polls, which is Warren’s rationale at the moment, then by her own standards her position is out of touch with a majority of American voters.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has spent a lot of time over the last several months traveling to different states and assuring Democratic voters she is willing to do whatever it takes to
buy win their votes on issues like reparations for the African American community and the gay community, as well as for Native Americans. She’s also promised “free” childcare and “free” college access.
But over the weekend, the 2020 presidential candidate took the opportunity to remind people that she’s all-in on the abortion fight, too, as the DC Examiner reports:
“It is not 1952,” the Massachusetts senator said on Saturday about her work in the upper chamber to expand abortion rights. “You’re not going to lock women back in the kitchen. You are not going to tell us what to do.”
Warren was speaking at the “We Decide” forum hosted by Planned Parenthood’s political arm, an event coinciding with the state Democratic convention. She has promised that if elected president she would have Congress pass a bill into law to codify Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion across the country for up to fetal viability, which is generally understood to be at around 24 weeks into a pregnancy.
Warren called restrictions on abortion a “class … and race attack on women,” warning that the bans would primarily affect poorer women who don’t have the time and resources to travel out of state to get abortions.
Warren’s class and race answer came in response to a question from an abortion rights activist in the crowd who proudly announced she was 22 weeks pregnant with a baby girl.
A 2015 study found that, due to scientific advances, babies born prematurely at 22 weeks were seeing their chances for survival increase with aggressive treatment. Warren’s plans on abortion would codify into federal law the “right” to abort babies at that stage of pregnancy.
Watch video of Warren’s full remarks on abortion rights from the Planned Parenthood forum below:
Warren’s renewed commitment to ensuring unrestricted access to abortions for women includes an original series of steps to make abortions legal nationwide up until the point of birth, as Life News notes:
In May, she introduced a massive new plan to legalize abortions for any reason up to birth throughout America and force taxpayers to pay for them. She said she believes the legislation is necessary because the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade in the near future.
Her plan would prohibit states from “interfering” in any way with a woman’s access to abortion. This leaves no allowances for restrictions on abortions after unborn babies are viable or even partial-birth abortions, which could become legal again under her plan.
Additionally, her proposal would require that all health plans “– including Medicare for All — [include] contraception and abortion coverage.”
Something she said during the forum I’d like to focus on are her references to polling on the American people’s thoughts on Roe v. Wade. Here’s what she said (transcribed):
“So here’s how I see this. Basically about 3 out of ever 4 people in this country want to see the rule of Roe versus Wade upheld.
This is a democracy. In a democracy, the laws should reflect the values of the people. So I say it is time to go on offense with Roe versus Wade.”
Putting aside the absurd idea that American lawmakers should govern based on polling, what Warren didn’t mention about the poll she cited was that a majority also believed in some types of abortion restrictions:
But a majority of Americans do not support allowing abortion in any circumstance, a sign that far-left positions on the issue — such as those being pushed by some Democratic lawmakers in places like Vermont — are just as politically risky as the conservative laws being passed in Alabama, Mississippi and elsewhere.
There is some common ground among the majority of Americans who do not fall on the extreme right and left ends of the spectrum on the abortion issue. For example, roughly two-thirds of Americans are in favor of requiring women to wait 24 hours between meeting with a health professional to undergo an abortion procedure, and support requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.
So if we should govern based on polls, which is Warren’s rationale at the moment, then by her own standards her abortion-on-demand position is out of touch with a majority of mainstream American voters who believe there should be restrictions on abortion depending on the circumstances.
A different poll taken last month showed that a majority of Americans did not feel that fetal heartbeat abortion bans were too restrictive. She didn’t cite that one in her speech, of course.
The Senator picking and choosing which polling to reference to suit her arguments goes to show the folly of politicians using such numbers to justify their positions. Another example is that the vast majority of Americans do not support reparations, yet Warren does. Think we’ll see her preaching about how our laws should “reflect the values of the people” on that one?
When it comes to the issue of abortion, Warren has more or less turned into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s “mini-me.” Gillibrand, as I’ve written previously, so far is the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race when it comes to out-extreme her competitors on abortion rights. But Warren is doing her best to overtake her in the abortion-on-demand-without-apology sweepstakes.
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