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“Brian Wil­liams asked a re­veal­ing ques­tion at the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial de­bate in South Carolina [two weeks ago],” Kirsten Pow­ers writes in the Wall Street Jour­nal.

“The NBC News an­chor, who was serv­ing as mod­er­a­tor, in­quired whether crit­i­cism of the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion to up­hold the fed­eral par­tial-birth abor­tion ban put the Democrats on stage at odds with the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans who ap­plauded the de­ci­sion.

“John Ed­wards, ap­par­ently miss­ing the rhetor­i­cal na­ture of the ques­tion, re­sponded, ‘No, I don’t be­lieve it is.’

“Polls show be­tween 60 per­cent and 70 per­cent of Amer­i­cans op­pose late-term abor­tions, ex­cept to save the life of the mother. The Demo­cratic can­di­dates — all of whom vo­cally crit­i­cized the rul­ing — are out of touch with most Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing many who are pro-choice, on this im­por­tant is­sue. Even some Democrats who voted for the ban four years ago — such as Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Joe Bi­den (two of 17 Democrats to vote for it) — have dressed down the Supreme Court for up­hold­ing a law they voted for,” said Ms. Pow­ers, who served in the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion from 1993 to 1998 and is a Fox News po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst.

“It’s tragic that abor­tion rights have be­come syn­ony­mous with mod­ern-day fem­i­nism. But it’s mind-bog­gling that late-term abor­tions now en­joy the im­pri­matur of ev­ery one of the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates of one of the two main po­lit­i­cal par­ties.”

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