David Brooks fancies himself an “imaginary consultant” to Democratic Party leaders with his “abortion memo,” an elitist lecture that entirely misses the crux of the matter.
Brooks never mentions by name the bill introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Instead, he questions the political wisdom of defeating legislation that would ban abortions past 20 weeks — when science has determined fetuses can feel and react to pain.
He suggests it is not in Democrats’ best interests to die on the hill of preserving every option to kill the unborn. But in all his intellectual babble, Brooks fails to grasp that this isn’t about women’s rights or preserving political capital — it’s about humanity. Not necessarily meaning the human nature of the fetus, which abortion advocates deny, but considering an ideology that unconditionally defends the painful death of any creature.
Ignoring the plight of the unborn, a hapless Brooks asks the party to rethink priorities so it might achieve more important things.
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