While national party leaders have labeled the passage of so-called "Heartbeat Bills" in states like Georgia and Louisiana (led by state Democrats in the latter case) as extreme, the evidence shows that they have broad support, and that debate about pro-life initiatives seems to move more voters in a pro-life direction: An April Rasmussen poll found that 45% of voters supported a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, but that number jumped to 56% when respondents were told that a fetal heartbeat was detectable at that time.
None of this is to suggest that either the Democratic Party or the electorate at large is now in favor of making abortion illegal always and everywhere.
All polls routinely show that the vast majority of voters in both parties favor the availability of at least some legal abortion, with clear restrictions. Differences emerge on where and when those restrictions should apply but, as the debate over heartbeat bills has shown, that conversation is moving steadily in the pro-life direction.
The Trump administration, meanwhile, has taken action to strip Title X funding from agencies that refer women for abortions or co-locate with abortion clinics, and made clear commitments to both the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy. But the president's own position is far from unequivocally pro-life.
In May, Trump insisted that he is "strongly pro-life, with the three exceptions - rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother." He said that shortly after the passage of a pro-life law in Alabama which contained no exceptions for rape or incest, and was accused by some pro-life leaders of "dividing the movement."
Planned Parenthood recently fired its president, Dr. Leana Wen, apparently because she was insufficiently strident in her prioritization of abortion as a first, second, and last consideration in the public debate about women's healthcare.
The organization is clear that it wants to see all Democratic candidates make an unqualified pledge of support for unrestricted abortion; there is good reason to expect they will see results.
But at a time when abortion is acknowledged as a key political priority and battleground, pro-life identification is growing among younger voters, Democrats, and independents.
Planned Parenthood insists that voters "deserve to hear about the candidates' visions for how they will protect and expand access to abortion" – but if that debate emerges, many voters could be surprised to find themselves closer to Trump's position than to that of the eventual Democratic nominee.