Published August 24, 2023
During last night’s Republican primary debate, GOP hopefuls drew attention to the Democratic Party’s extreme position on abortion. This was a shrewd political move: Few Americans — indeed, few Democrats — support allowing abortion until birth for any reason.
But following the debate, progressive commentators rushed to insist that no one, and certainly not any Democrat, is in favor of allowing unlimited abortion. “No one supports abortion until birth,” tweeted Jen Psaki, formerly of Biden’s White House staff and now at MSNBC.
Another Democrat commentator put it even more explicitly: “Democrats don’t support abortion up until the day of birth. Every single Republican candidate on the debate stage is lying to the American people right now. Disgusting.”
Katie Couric gave the topic a pseudo-journalistic spin: “Worth noting that fewer than 1% of abortions occur in the third trimester,” she tweeted. Of course, the percentage is far less interesting than the actual number of such abortions, about 12,000 per year if Guttmacher estimates are to be believed. That’s more than the annual number of gun homicides in the U.S. each year.