Republican politicians have a bad habit of either ignoring abortion or saying stupid things about it. I addressed easy ways to fix the stupid things problem in How pro-life apologetics–and a little common sense–could have swayed the elections. But that was more about making proper arguments when asked about the issue.
But does that mean they should otherwise avoid the topic? Not at all, especially when considering issues like late term abortions, where 70% of people agree with us. Remember, the Democrats are on record as pro-abortion extremists. I say that without hyperbole. Taxpayer-funded late term abortions are right there in their platform:
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
Via A Winning Issue: Abortion and Pascal’s Wager, check out the impact of taking this issue on in Virginia, where Ken Cuccinelli found out too late how to take on Terry McAuliffe..
What moved the voters most was an attack on McAuliffe’s positions on abortion; a single phone message emphasizing McAuliffe’s support for unrestricted, late-term, and taxpayer-funded abortions shifted support a net 13 to 15 points away from McAuliffe and toward Cuccinelli. The cost per vote here was a remarkably cheap $0.50 per additional vote, and even less expensive still when targeting the most persuadable segment of the electorate.
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Essentially, this paper presents the abortion issue as a political version of Pascal’s Wager. For a GOP candidate running for office and ignoring abortion is not possible. You have to decide to be either a sufficiently virulent variety pro-abort that makes it impossible for you to be attacked by Planned Parenthood or you have to be vocally pro-life and attack the issue head on.
The decision should be easy. Abortion is criminal. There is no medical reason for abortion. Late term abortion is indistinguishable from infanticide. Abortion has nothing to do with women’s rights and everything to do with how we value the most vulnerable members of our society. Every culture that has embrace abortion has inevitably moved on to embraced post-partum infanticide and euthanasia.
There is no reason our candidates should refuse to take a stand against abortion, but especially against late term abortion. It is not only moral, it is good politics.
So be prepared with sound arguments and don’t avoid the topic! Again, the Democrats are on record as pro-abortion extremists. Republicans should remind people of that all day, every day.
P.S. Opposing all abortions is good morality and good politics as well, if you do it right.