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How to Win the Short Game, and Lose the Long Game

by James Silberman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

At his campaign kickoff rally, President Trump criticized Democrats on a number of issues, making a point to expose them for their barbaric support of late-term and post-birth abortion.

“Virtually every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth, ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb,” Trump said, followed by loud boos from the gathering of supporters. “Leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth. You saw that in Virginia.”

At their first debate, Democrats, apparently unphased, went right ahead and confirmed the President’s accusations by endorsing legal abortion at any stage for any reason provided by taxpayers.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) refused to support any limit on abortion. Governor Jay Inslee bragged about being the only one on the stage to successfully force taxpayers to fund abortion. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told National Review that she would support repealing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, a law which made it illegal to deliver the baby until only the head remains in the birth canal and then murder him or her. Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) wants to create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom which would work to expand legal child sacrifice. Rep. Julian Castro defended the right to imaginary abortions for people without a uterus.

This is as deranged and black-hearted as it gets. Seriously, it’s blood lust that makes Genghis Khan look like a Teletubby. President Trump shouldn’t have any problem rightfully villifying whoever his general election opponent is. But as people who want to see abortion end, that can’t be good enough. We have to demand more.

The left is forwarding a coherent message: You have the right to murder your preborn or recently born offspring if you don’t want him or her. While unabashed wickedness to this insane degree can be used against them in a specific election, Democrats are massively shifting the focus of the whole conversation. We’re no longer talking about what makes abortion inherently wrong, we’re arguing over whether one percent of abortions should be disallowed. Losing one percent of abortions wouldn’t be a significant loss for the abortion lobby, especially if by making that the focus of the debate, they strengthen their foundational arguments while we weaken and compromise ours.

At his rally, the President went on to say, “Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift from God. That is why I’ve asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion.” Every human being is a gift from God, therefore pass a law protecting one percent of them from murder? This is nonsense, but it’s what the pro-life messaging has been for decades.

We’ve got to put forward a consistent message, communicate to the culture what actually makes abortion wrong, and make policy suggestions that match up with our moral arguments. Winning a single election is no remedy for the Overton Window flying leftward.

Whenever someone suggests abolishing abortion, there are always conservative moderates who point out that a huge majority of Americans oppose doing so. These conservatives, accordingly, avoid even suggesting abortion’s abolition because they assume we can’t abolish it and that trying to makes us look extreme.

The consequences of that is that people never get to hear the argument against all abortion. They hear debates over murdering pain-capable babies, and babies with detectable heartbeats, but never over abortion’s abolition. Because of this discourse, pro-lifers have grown comfortable simply regulating murder. A recent Marist poll found that only nine percent of likely voters want abortion totally abolished. That means a super majority of pro-lifers oppose abolition. This is the fruit of conservative messaging on abortion.

Yes, Democrats are thoroughly evil for supporting mass murder, but if we’re fighting for one percent less murder than they are, we’re not much better. Forget regulation. Let’s abolish abortion.

Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition of Abortion


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