Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Democrats and Abortion Policy

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.