In the last few months, the issue of abortion has become front and center in State legislature across the United States. Beginning with Alabama’s sweeping anti-abortion bill many other states have followed with their own legislation. Amongst the emotional debates between Republicans and Democrats who strongly support or vehemently disagree with such strict anti-abortion laws are legislators with their own personal experiences. It seems as though legislating over abortion has become very personal.
Senator Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat in Alabama who opposes such strict abortion laws told colleagues “during his wife’s pregnancy with their son, doctors had told him it was unlikely that the child would be born alive.” His wife did carry their son full term and the child was born with significant health problems. “The significance is I had the choice” he argued on the Senate floor.
At a press conference on Friday, Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington told reporters her thoughts on abortion and what all Democrats must do: “Personally, I do think there should be a core set of Democratic ideals that we all agree to.” What set of ideals? “That you can’t say you’re a Democrat if you’re against immigrants if you’re against abortion if you’re against gay marriage, LGBTQ rights.” Democratic Alabama Senator Linda Coleman-Madison has similar sentiments “there will be abortions” so “we want abortions to be safe, and we want them to be few, but it should be legal.”
You heard it, folks. If you don’t agree with all these “core set of Democratic ideals” then you can’t be a Democrat! Welcome to the GOP.