Democratic Hopefuls Refuse to Compromise on Abortion

Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta, Ga., November 20, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
The latest presidential debate showed how willing Democratic politicians are to alienate all but the most dedicated supporters of abortion access.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J ournalists are not very good at asking about abortion policy. Politicians are even worse at answering — when they happen to be asked.

As has been the case in every Democratic-primary debate so far this election cycle, both the moderators and the candidates in the latest debate displayed their determination to avoid a real conversation about what they mean when they say they support “women’s rights.”

In one of two questions about abortion posed during the three-hour event, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar whether she’d be willing, as president, to find a way to overrule state laws that

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