Democrats Must Take Charge of the Debate About Abortion

On April 7, former Vice President Mike Pence founded his new organization, deceptively called Advancing American Freedom. The organization claims to “expand freedom for all Americans” and defend “the successful policies” of the Trump administration. However, a quick look at the advisory board reveals an alliance with well-known hate groups, anti-electoral extremists and organizations that have invested millions of dollars in suppressing the vote.

The boss among these bad actors is Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-election organization Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List. In a new partnership with the American Principles Project, SBA List is running a $ 5 million campaign to attack voting rights in the states. Part of SBA List’s strategy to end legal abortion is to restrict access to the polls by spreading dangerous and racist disinformation about the 2020 elections – the same worrying tactic that led to the January 6 uprising.

How did we get to the point where one of our political parties employs a long-term strategy to use disinformation and inflammatory rhetoric to stay in power in the face of popular disapproval of their political positions?

in the our book The lie that bindswe offer an analysis of the far-reaching political machinery that conservative leaders have activated to bring us to this point. The making of this decades-long saga can be traced back to the original architects of the right-wing movement, who bet they could rely on a silent majority of Americans who were unsettled by the cultural and social changes around them. In the 1970s, as the emerging religious law was at war with a modern and diverse society, its political activists needed an issue to raise as a public face for their cause. Abortion became that face.

Antiquated social mores about sex, sex outside of marriage, and women having sex when they don’t want a family together to create a stigma on the whole topic of abortion and reproductive health care. This stigma led to the silence of even proponents of reproductive freedom, which the law has successfully exploited for many years. Whether politicians believe the issues are risky to deal with, or that if they do so, they can find common ground on other priorities, attempts by Democrats to change the subject or deprioritize reproductive rights have that Right only encouraged and allowed the GOP to take a variety of repressive and repressive measures – often by attaching or threatening to attach abortion provisions to completely independent issues in order to gain the upper hand in negotiations.

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the Affordable Care Act was intended, at least for the most part, to sink the bill signed by President Obama and to infight the progressive coalition into divisions. The strategy failed, and the ACA became law, albeit with the language, banning the use of federal funds “to pay for any abortion or to cover part of the cost of a health plan that includes the coverage of the abortion,” except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the pregnant person.

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