Magazine November 25, 2019, Issue

Democrats on Abortion: Safe, Legal, and Unlimited

Tulsi Gabbard speaks during the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, October 15. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The Democratic party effectively requires endorsement of abortion on demand

During a recent presidential-primary debate, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard provoked controversy when she repeated a line that was once common parlance among Democratic politicians: “Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.” Even more surprising, Gabbard said that while she’d be willing to codify the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, she’d prohibit abortion during the last three months of pregnancy “unless the life or severe health consequences of a woman [were] at risk.”

The swift and severe censure she received from her own side was a stark reminder of how far left the Democratic party has moved on abortion

This article appears as “Safe, Legal, and Unlimited” in the November 25, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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