January 06, 2017
Supporting Planned Parenthood isn't just the wrong decision -- it could be politically costly! Some Senate Democrats are about to learn that lesson the hard way, Susan B. Anthony List warns in a new report about voters' feelings on the abortion giant. In six states where Senate liberals are on shaky ground in 2018, the news isn't exactly promising for longtime Planned Parenthood allies. "A majority of voters in Florida, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin said they would be less likely to support their senator if he or she voted to fund Planned Parenthood over women's health clinics that do not perform abortions," the survey found.
In five of those six states, most people said they objected to funding Cecile Richards's group -- regardless of where the funds were diverted. "Voters agree: taxpayer dollars would be better spent on community and rural health centers that provide comprehensive, whole-woman care, not abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood," said SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "Pro-life voters were key to victory on election night are eager to see a pro-life White House and Congress address the injustice of taxpayer funding for the abortion industry." Interestingly enough, Donald Trump won all of those six states in the general election. From here, it's up to Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to decide whether they're willing to gamble their seats by towing the party line.
And the time for deciding is soon. As House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) told reporters, the language to defund Planned Parenthood will be a part of the budget reconciliation push -- regardless of the wrenches the out-going President Obama's party is trying to throw in the mix. "The Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill," the Wisconsin Republican said at his weekly news conference. That certainly puts some Democrats in a tight spot, especially since the Democratic party's platform -- for the first time in history -- called for unlimited taxpayer-funded abortion. If you're looking for reasons why the party bombed on November 7, that's a good place to start.
Few policies reveal more vividly how the Democratic Party is out-of-step with American voters. Almost 60 percent of Trump voters not only disagree with the Democrats' barbaric approach to abortion, but insist it guided their 2016 choice. The Republican Party's platform positions on unborn human life and religious liberty was the bridge between Donald Trump and Christian conservatives. Nearly 60 percent of Trump voters were more likely to vote for him because the platform is very clear on life and religious liberty. It was the party platform that brokered the deal between Trump and Christian conservatives -- a deal that was sealed in the final debate when Trump vividly described a partial-birth abortion and pledged to appoint pro-life justices. The Republican Party platform played a key role in bringing Christian conservatives and Trump together. And if Democrats aren't careful, their fierce and blind obsession with abortion will only send more voters to the GOP.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.