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A few months back, I posted about a sex selection abortion ban in California being voted down on party lines. I went toe-to-toe with several folks on Ricochet as to the efficacy of the law and whether or not it could be enforceable. We had a nice debate on it, but I want to focus on one big benefit to putting a bill like this up for a vote. We have them on record voting “yes” to gendercide.
Most pro-choice Americans get queasy at the idea that someone could justify an abortion solely on disapproving of the child’s gender, i.e., it being a girl. Forcing Democrats to vote on this bill exploits that unease and gives us something to fight back with, especially with regards to the so-called “War on Women.” The next time a Democrat accuses his opponent of “not caring about a woman’s choice” or about women’s “reproductive health,” the Republican candidate can point to these votes and ask her opponent whether he — like all other Democrats who voted on the bill — thinks it’s okay to abort a baby for the crime of being a girl. Wait for an answer, and don’t let him weasel out of it. If Democrats want a war on women, we’ll give them a war on women.
There are other arrows pro-life candidates can pull from their quivers. You know how Democrats like to hammer everyone about “women’s health,” which is now the most important thing in the world? Then ask why so few abortion clinics in Democrat-run cites like Philadelphia (hello, Kermit Gosnell) and New York inspected for sanitary standards like other medical clinics. Remember that bill that Wendy Davis — the “Abortion Barbie” as some have dubbed her — filibustered in her pink sneakers? That was the meat of the bill.
During a debate, a Republican can mention how Dr. Gosnell’s clinic — and you will have to give a brief synopsis as to who the man is since pretty much nobody does — was able to operate for 20 years without inspection, even though city officials had reports of the horrendous conditions at the clinic. That many clinics in New York City are not inspected to ensure their standards. That nail salons and restaurants are held to a higher sanitary standards than abortion clinics in this country. “Does my opponent,” a Republican might ask, “oppose legislation to ensure abortion clinics are held to the same sanitary and health standards as other community health clinics?” You get the idea.
Many who hold a pro-choice position have really not thought through the realities of abortion: what the actual procedure is and how it effects women. If the Republican party is going to be the pro-life party — or, at least, the party opposed to the radical position the Democrats have taken on abortion — then they need to sharpen their rhetoric and do their homework so they’re not left flat-footed when asked questions and can respond with questions of their own that put pro-choice candidates on the defensive.
Social issues shouldn’t be a third rail just because they’re emotional and unpleasant. It’s much easier to talk about economics and policy, but these things must be brought to the attention of the general public and given a fair hearing.Published in