Somehow, I made it on to the campaign email lists of Ralph Northam and Mark Herring and have been the recipient of hundreds of their pleading missives over the past year or so.  I’ve noticed a theme.


The love to use their gutless euphemisms like “women’s health,” “access” and “choice” to avoid the word abortion, but the message has been loud and clear:

For Democrats, the Virginia elections of 2017 are about abortion.

In fact, the overwhelming majority of emails I get from both Northam and Herring are about a single issue – the promotion and defense of the killing of unborn children.

For them, 56 million abortions just aren’t enough.  We need more; a lot more.

And we need them paid for by the taxpayer, money funneled to their friends at Planned Parenthood.

And now we see where Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, attacked Republican Jill Vogel at their first debate over the ultrasound bill from five long years ago.  A bill that simply required abortion centers to do what they claimed they already did – an ultrasound prior to an abortion to make sure 1) there really is a pregnancy, 2) that it’s not a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, and 3) the size of the unborn child to make sure they use the right procedure to kill the child and not put the woman’s life at risk.  For that, the left and media went into hysterics, and Democrats can still fundraise and motivate their base.  Of course, what they really feared was the requirement that abortion centers offer women an opportunity to see the ultrasound picture before they make their decision.

That window into the womb scares the abortion industry perhaps like nothing else.

Vogel’s response, as quoted in the Washington Post, nailed it – “There was nothing in that bill that forced them to do anything against their will.”  In fact, no doctor can force anyone to have a test against their will – you just have to live with the consequences of your decision to ignore the doctor.

Regardless, the irony in all this is that the party with the real litmus test on abortion is the Democrat party, which then uses the media to attack and ridicule Republicans for having a litmus test on abortion, when most Republicans talk about the issue only when asked.  All while Democrats are having a now public internal debate nationally over whether they need to stop having a litmus test on abortion because it’s costing them elections.  While Virginia Democrats make elections all about abortion.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Politics and elections are all about a narrative, and for Virginia Democrats, that narrative is abortion, all the time, anywhere, taxpayer funded, with no restrictions. Ralph Northam and Mark Herring are counting on it energizing their base. So is the abortion industry.

Chris Freund is vice president of Family Foundation Action, a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(4) organization.