An interesting essay by William McGurn in last month's First Things about how, in his opinion, the question of abortion is dragging down the Democratic party. I'm not a policy wonk, but I do know that a clear majority of people in America do favour allowing some restrictions on abortion. A party that will not brook any opposition to abortion on demand may well find itself in some trouble as a result of that. In any event, it is an interesting essay that also talks about the gradual expulsion of pro-life Democrats from any positions of influence within their party.
It is an interesting dichotomy. There are plenty of pro-abortion Republicans who have been granted prominence, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani, Christine Todd Whitman, but I don't know of any pro-life Democrats with similar prominence. Perhaps I'm just not familiar enough with who the important Democrats are.