By Dave Andrusko
We are 19 days from an historic General Election. Each day, as we approach November 3rd, we’ll take a look back at what we wrote at a comparable point in time in 2016. We’ll either repost the remarks without change or, as is the case today, update it to reflect that the pro-abortion Democrat is Joe Biden, not Hillary Clinton
What I talked about on October 20, 2016 (19 days before the November 8th General Election) was whether a “President” Hillary Clinton “could be any worse than other pro-abortion Democrat Presidents?” My answer was yes, and I went on to explain why.
Today, in a sense, we are turning Ronald Reagan’s famous inquiry on its head. Rather than “Are you better off than you were four years ago,” the question is “Is Joe Biden even worse than Hillary Clinton?” Again, unfortunately, the answer is yes—actually far worse. Here’s why.
We’ve written extensively on Mr. Biden’s lurch to the left on abortion, a migration that reached warp speed last year when in one day’s time, he reversed his position on the life-saving Hyde Amendment–from support to opposition–when the Abortion Lobby turned up the heat.
The 2020 Democrat Party’s platform plank is unreservedly pro-abortion. And, as they say, Biden proudly owns it. Here’s this telling exchange from the first presidential debate:
BIDEN: “The party is me. Right now, I am the Democratic Party.”
TRUMP: “They’re going to dominate you, Joe, you know that.
BIDEN: “I am the Democratic Party right now. The platform of the Democratic Party is what I, in fact, have approved of.”
But Mr. Biden will turn 78 on November 20 and has broadly hinted he would not seek a second term. But what about a first term?
In August, we read, “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s likely Biden’s running mate will be president before the end of Biden’s four-year term if he wins this fall.”
That running mate is Sen. Kamala Harris. Who is Sen. Harris, besides the junior senator from California? “Stridently pro-abortion” is, by no means, an exaggeration. Here’s just a partial list of her anti-life initiatives.
Sen. Harris is among the Democrats who are adamant about not extending equal care to abortion survivors. I suppose there is a kind of perverse logic, right? The kid was supposed to be dead, so why would we want to save him or her if they survive the initial onslaught?
As Wesley J. Smith wrote, “[L]ast year, 44 Democrats—including Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris—filibustered the ‘Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,’ a bill that would, among other terms, compel any healthcare practitioners present when a baby survives abortion to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child” as they would “render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
Back in August, The Washington Post‘s Paige Winfield Cunningham wrote of “abortion rights” that “[T]he presidential nominee could hardly have given the issue a louder cheerleader than Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), his vice-presidential pick.” She added, “But if Biden wins in November, abortion rights groups will look to Harris to lead on reproductive rights issues.”
Naturally, Sen. Harris racked up a 100% rating from NARAL and co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act. The WaPo’s Cunningham described H.R. 2975 in innocuous sounding language, indeed parroting the words of pro-abortion Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Here’s NRLC’s more accurate analysis.
H.R. 2975, if enacted and upheld by the federal courts, would invalidate nearly all state limitations on abortion, including waiting periods and women’s right-to-know laws. For example, it would invalidate state laws to protect pain-capable unborn children after 20 weeks fetal age — and would require all states to allow abortion even during the final three months of pregnancy based on an abortionist’s claim of “health” benefits, including mental health.
H.R. 2975 would also invalidate nearly all existing federal laws limiting abortion.
To come full circle to what we wrote at a comparable point four years ago. Just as Hillary Clinton was (at that juncture) the most pro-abortion presidential nominee ever, so the team of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is even more dangerous. They not only personally embrace abortion, they lead a party that passionately squeezes the deaths of countless millions of unborn babies to its collective bosom.