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The Abortion Lobby Spins Alabama

Christina Cauterucci thinks there’s one “rock-solid conclusion” to draw from the Alabama Senate race. She writes in Slate,

Red-state abortion politics are not the intractable obstacle center-left partisans believe them to be. Democratic politicians in historically right-leaning states and districts need not hedge on reproductive rights to win elections. . . .

“The lesson that we should all take from Alabama is that … you can be an unapologetic champion for reproductive health and rights and win—even in deep red states like Alabama,” Erica Sackin, spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, told me in an email.

There are two bigger strategic takeaways that the article ignores. Democrats who are down the line with Planned Parenthood are most likely to be successful in red parts of the country 1) if they pretend they’re more moderate on abortion than they are, and 2) if they can arrange to run against Republicans who are accused by multiple people of preying on teenage girls. 

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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