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"Over a decade of research demonstrates how out of touch the Democratic Party establishment has become with Democratic voters when it comes to abortion."
Ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate, one pro-life group wants to highlight just how out of touch the party's candidates have become with the mainstream "consensus" on abortion and the right to life.
March for Life Action — an arm of the organization that puts on the annual pro-life March for Life in Washington, D.C. — has planned a six-figure advertisement purchase for a commercial that will air on MSNBC ahead of Wednesday night's debate, according to a press release.
"The American pro-life consensus, and even the pro-life consensus among Democrats, contrasts sharply with the official position of every Democratic candidate involved in the debate, as well as the party platform," the release explains, "which calls for no restrictions on abortion and advocates for its public funding."
The video shows several women talking about how politicians are out of step with their views on abortion.
"Even six out of 10 pro-choice Americans agree that abortion should happen only during the first three months of pregnancy, at most," the ad says, citing Marist poll numbers from earlier this year. "That's consensus."
The women in the ad go on to call out "pro-choice politicians" for supporting extreme abortion positions, like the legalization of abortion up until birth, which the Februrary poll shows is only supported by around one in 10 Americans.
"It's time for this extremism to end," one woman in the video says. "It's time for politicians to stop working for the pro-abortion lobby," says another. The ad ends by calling on viewers to "Join the national consensus" on abortion.
The 2020 Democratic field has become somewhat of a far-left purity contest on the issue of abortion. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has endorsed unrestricted abortion up until birth. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wants to create a federal office to expand abortion access. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently celebrated her birthday at a Planned Parenthood event. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) compared pro-life views to racism. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she would force states to check with her administration before enacting pro-life laws. Even former Vice President Joe Biden flip-flopped on his past support for the Hyde Amendment after facing pro-abortion pressure.
"Over a decade of research demonstrates how out of touch the Democratic Party establishment has become with Democratic voters when it comes to abortion," said March for Life president Jeanne Mancini in a statement.
"While 2020 Democratic candidates are taking more radical stances on abortion by the day, the polling numbers are clear: 60% of Democrats want abortion limited to - at most - the first three months of pregnancy," Mancini continued. "The Democratic establishment would do well to listen to the American people – or even just their base - instead of caving into the pressure of the abortion lobby."
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