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Friday, 21 April 2017 09:23

To Win Again, Must Democrats Stop Being the Abortion Party?

Written by  Michael New Ph.D.

The results of the 2016 presidential election have spurred some soul-searching among many in the Democratic party. Some analysts are even encouraging Democrats to rethink their position on abortion. On March 27, the New York Times ran “To Win Again, Democrats Must Stop Being the Abortion Party,” an opinion piece by Thomas Groome, a professor of theology and religious education at Boston College.

Groome argues that Hillary Clinton’s extreme position on abortion — for example, her opposition to the Hyde Amendment — cost her votes in key swing states and might well have cost her the election.

Not surprisingly, the article received a great deal of attention, eliciting over 2,400 online comments. The Times published nine letters-to-the-editor in response on April 1. Ten days later, it gave Groome and Steven Krueger, the president of the organization Catholic Democrats, an extensive forum to respond to some of their critics. The political analysis that was put forth in both Groome’s March 27 op-ed and the April 11 forum was certainly correct. The Democratic party’s stance on abortion has cost it votes with many Catholic voters in midwestern states. In particular, the decision to oppose the Hyde Amendment was unwise politically.

That said, their policy analysis is misleading.

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