Sanger said that on many levels, he has been pleased that politicians have begun to rethink the approach to abortion rights. “There is no question in my mind that we, the pro-choice movement, ought to be leading the way to reframing how we talk about abortion,” he said. “So if various leaders of the Democratic Party are beginning to have this discussion that is all to the good.” But he warned, “We have to differentiate between the pro-choice movement and Democratic Party.” What the politicians are saying may be sound, but their strategy may be suspect. “The Democrats are looking for a scapegoat for the loss in November, and they’ve picked the wrong one [in abortion].”
About Clinton, Sanger said: “Her speech was vintage Planned Parenthood for 98 percent of it. She was talking about prevention, and this is something we’ve been talking about for the last 90 years.” On the other hand, he said: “I was disappointed that the value Hillary led off with is that abortion is bad. I don’t believe we are ever going to win over the American public unless we make the case that abortion is a moral decision.”
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