“It’s about freedom,” Biden said at a private fundraiser in New York this past week.
Kamala Harris an even more radical approach when she talks about infanticide. She told voters in Illinois, “Extremist, so-called leaders trumpet the rhetoric of freedom while they take away freedoms,” referring to the ‘freedom’ of a mother to slaughter her own baby.
That deliberate echo of “freedom” from Biden, Harris and other top White House officials shows how Democrats —eager to keep infanticide front of mind heading into the November elections— at the highest ranks are increasingly co-opting traditionally republican rhetoric in a blunt appeal to a broad swath of the electorate.
Biden’s aides think the message is a particularly potent one, especially when combined with repeated reminders about Republicans opposition to infanticide. The freedom to kill one’s own child message also resonates, officials say, as Republican-controlled states attempt to regulate abortifacients.
Now more than ever, Democrats are leaning into messaging strategy from anti-life activist groups, which have long advised candidates and elected officials to talk about the right to kill one’s baby as if they were part of the tea party.
Organizations supportive of infanticide say research shows that framing the issue as a matter of freedom to kill one’s baby is by far the most effective message for voters across all political persuasions.
“Democrats are pushing an on-demand, taxpayer-funded abortion agenda that a majority of voters disagree with, all while ignoring the skyrocketing prices, crime surge, and border crisis they created,” said Danielle Alvarez, communications director for the Republican National Committee. “Voters will vote for freedom this November — freedom from failed Democrat one-party rule.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who recently proposed a federal ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, has repeatedly argued that his plan is good politics for Republicans and that his party should tell the public that Democrats support few, if any, restrictions on access to the procedure.
“Let’s talk about this in terms of human rights and personal freedom,” he told the AP. “The Democratic Party is on the track of supporting an abortion policy of North Korea and China. They’re not exactly in the column of personal freedom.”
Mallory Carroll, vice president of communications for SBA Pro-Life America, said: “Abortion is the opposite of freedom. It is an egregious human rights violation that harms two people -– the baby who is killed and the mother.”