Abortion Debate a No-Win For Ralph Northam


The Washington Post doesn’t read opinion polls, or so it seems. If they did, they would realize that very few Virginia voters are casting their votes on the abortion issue. That didn’t stop the Post from trying to make this race about abortion.

That being said, I’m a bit surprised that Ralph Northam’s media allies think that the abortion issue is a winner for the moderate-turned-liberal Lieutenant Governor. After all, take a look at this excerpt from the article which sums up Northam’s trouble:

Gillespie has tried to play down abortion and instead focus on the economy and public safety. Asked about Gillespie’s views on abortion, his spokesman, Dave Abrams, responds that Northam’s views “are outside the mainstream” and that the lieutenant governor supports late-term abortions — which are illegal in Virginia and opposed by most voters.

Northam has said that the timing of abortions should be determined by a woman and her doctor, but he does not want to change the state law that limits late-term abortions.

Don’t discount the first claim because it came from the Gillespie camp. Northam’s support for late-term abortions is far outside of the mainstream, as are Democrat efforts to loosen restrictions on abortion clinics. The idea that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals makes sense, but Northam’s allies in the Virginia Democratic Party disagree.

Simply put, Northam has caved to Planned Parenthood and the radical abortion lobby to oppose any reasonable restriction on the practice, and yet he won’t even commit to changing the law to reflect his radical views. This is Northam trying to have it both ways, and pro-choice activists may soon be wondering if they can trust Northam, especially after he has caved on so many other political promises.

The Washington Post may want this race to be about abortion, but if they’re in this to help Ralph Northam, they should reconsider. Northam is an abortion radical, and yet still not radical enough for Planned Parenthood’s vehement supporters. That makes this a no-win proposition for the political chameleon candidate.