Plaats: There are more pro-life Americans today than ever— Acyn (@Acyn) July 9, 2023
Acosta: What you said is not true.
Plaats: Americans disagree with Biden’s position with abortion up until the time of birth..
Acosta: Democrats are not in favor of abortion up until the moment of birth pic.twitter.com/IefHM7a6eC
Vander Plaats cites Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Florida governor Gavin Newsom in his claim that Democrats support "abortion on demand up to the time of birth and the government subsidizes and pays for it."
Shouse California Law Group notes that Proposition 1,
approved in California on 11/8/82, codified a woman’s right to an abortion in the state
constitution but “does place some limitations on when a pregnant woman can
terminate her pregnancy.” It does not
appear that Newsom, particularly active in the medical abortion space, ever has
advocated a right to abortion up to the time of birth.
Vice President Harris, who “has eagerly embraced a role as
the face of the Biden administration’s efforts on abortion access and
reproductive health,” appears focused on GOP efforts throughout the country to
deny women the right to choose. There is
no indication that she ever has addressed whether abortion should be legal
until birth. Advocating such a right would be put her well beyond support for
reproductive rights articulated by her boss, President Joe Biden.
A similar situation presented itself eleven years ago, when
Vice President Biden came out in favor of same-sex marriage, which President
Obama still opposed. That spurred Obama to declare his support, which benefited
the incumbent’s re-election bid.. However, same-sex marriage was an either/or matter while support for abortion can run the gamut of views of mild support to full support.
Through ignorance or deceit, Vander Plaats is, respectively, confusing or conflating the positions of "Democrats" and, specifically, Biden, Harris, and Newsom, with that of the House caucus of the Party
.If what Vander Plaats says makes any sense at all, he’s referring to a bill passed 219-210 passed in July, 2022 by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. At the time, the AP explained the bill
would prevent abortion bans earlier than 24 weeks, which is
when fetal viability, the ability of a human fetus to survive outside the
uterus, is generally thought to begin. It allows exceptions for abortions after
fetal viability when a provider determines the life or health of the mother is
The Democrats’ proposal would also prevent states from
requiring providers to share “medically inaccurate” information, or from
requiring additional tests or waiting periods, often aimed at dissuading a
patient from having an abortion.
The bill, if somehow the House version it had been
introduced in, and passed by, the Senate, evidently would have permitted an
abortion in the third trimester if the life of the health of the mother was at
risk absent termination of probation. Allowing the procedure if the health-
rather than merely the life- of the woman was at risk would have significantly expanded
the conditions in which abortion was permissible. Nevertheless, it did not
allow termination of the pregnancy for any reason whatsoever, which is the
charge of Vander Plaats- and of other Republicans who claim that Democrats
support abortion up till birth.
But it's not only that. Vander Plaats contends that Biden, Harris, and Newsom support "abortion up the time of birth and the government must subsidize and pay for it." Recognizing that many Republicans and Independents are primarily pro-choice but don't like the idea of any of their tax money paying for it, Vander Plaats says "the government must subsidize and pay for it," thereby raising the specter of taxes covering the entire cost of an abortion for anyone at anytime. The state of the law is far more complicated and virtually no Democrat is pushing the envelope on funding.
Following the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the threat to women's reproductive health became clearer to tens of millions of Americans. The interview by Jim Acosta of Robert Lee Vander Plaats is a reminder of the importance of misinformation to the forced-birth movement.