The Roe V. Wade ruling was made in 1973, making this the 40th consecutive year republicans have campaigned on banning abortion and done precisely nothing. Think about that for a second. Look at the “obameter” of obama’s campaign promises, the majority of them (and there are a lot) are “kept” or “in the works”, and that’s in 4 years with a level of opposition from the minority party that is literally unprecedented in american politics (the abuse of the cloture vote in the senate especially, google it). And people are pissed at obama. Imagine if democrats promised something constantly and didn’t deliver for forty years.
So you might be wondering why republicans do nothing about abortion. There are two reasons – one, they don’t want to lose the issue. Without pro-lifers their party’s base shrinks significantly. But that’s nothing compared to the second reason – if they banned abortion, all abortion, women would turn out in massive numbers to vote against them and destroy them in the next election.
So they campaign on it year after year but do nothing.
But even so you might say, why vote for evil baby-killer democrats? Because while democrats aren’t going to be willing to ban abortion altogether, many, including president obama, have voiced their support for a ban of late-term abortion, and that’s not nothing. So in terms of what is politically possible the democrats might ban late term abortion and the republicans will never move forward on any meaningful abortion restriction.
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
– Mitt Romney, 6 days ago.
“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and I am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.”
– Mitt Romney, 2002
Late term abortion is fantastically unpopular. How unpopular? Well there are 25,750 medical clinics in the united states – know how many perform late term abortions? Three. Planned parenthood has 820 locations – know how many perform late term abortions? Zero.
Even among abortion doctors in abortion clinics late term abortions are overwhelmingly unpopular. There is potential here to actually ban the practice. Conservatives and liberals could, with just a push, work together on something both sides overwhelmingly agree on. But no republican will move on it.
If pro-life organizations start putting their support behind democrats that support banning late-term abortion they could really get something done about it.
Or you could spend another half a century supporting republicans who have zero interest in banning abortion.