No, My Right to Abortion Did Not Cost Hillary the Election
Yesterday, New York Times op-ed contributor and religious professor Thomas Groome popped up as the latest in a long line of bros getting it wrong at our newspaper of record about what cost Hillary the election. His take? Trump is in office right now because the uterus-having crowd and the representatives we’ve voted for care about access to legal, safe, affordable abortion care.
The piece was titled, outrageously, “To Win Again, Democrats Must Stop Being the Abortion Party.”
Too bad this attempt at a provocative premise for an opinion column is also absurd.
For one thing, voters don’t actually feel conflicted about abortion as a political issue. The majority of Americans — 57% — believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Moreover, a staggering 86% of voters agree that “however we feel about abortion, politicians should not be allowed to deny a woman’s health coverage because she is poor.” Americans don’t just want abortion to remain legal; they largely feel it should be publicly funded.