Recent comments from Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (who just announced she will not run for re-election, instead focusing on her presidential campaign) and former Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen that espousing support for any and all abortions at any time for any reason may be problematic have produced some interesting results.
First coined by “Slick Willie” (Bill Clinton), to talk of abortion being “safe, legal, and rare” was hypocritical, of course. Clinton never meant a word of it. But hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to (in this instance a comparative) virtue, and so he frequently offered up the mantra. . .
North’s jumping off point was that Hillary Clinton used the safe, legal, and rare refrain back in 2008 when running for president. “The language was likely meant to appeal to people who supported the right to an abortion in principle but still felt morally conflicted about the procedure — a large group, according to some polling,” North writes.” . . .
However, North tells her readers, “Despite the shift, divisions on abortion remain among Democrats.” In a nutshell (my interpretation here), those who still believe in voicing “safe, legal, and rare “ fear Planned Parenthood is becoming so politicized and so identified with abortion, its reputation will sooner or later take a dramatic hit.
It’s worth recalling that polls conducted in the past show that a huge percentage of Americans do not know Planned Parenthood performs abortions (including even many pro-lifers) and even those who did know greatly underestimate the number (321000+ annually). (Read more from “Most Americans Oppose Democrats’ Plans for ‘Safe, Legal and Rare’ Abortions up to Birth” HERE)