Why doesn't Mark Udall have to answer for his abortion extremism?

Udall hitched his entire campaign to abortion. So let’s juxtapose positions, for a moment. Republican Cory Gardner has been called to answer for his one-time support of a state-wide Personhood Amendment. And he should be. Basically, Personhood initiatives mean imbuing everyone with the same legal rights at the moment our biological development begins. Some of these initiatives would also ban certain abortifacient (or maybe not) drugs. At this point, anyone paying attention to the Colorado Senate race understands exactly what the initiative entails. It’s been covered from every comprehendible angle and has been focus of nearly every piece about Gardner. Personhood is shorthand for the extremist proclivities of social conservatives. And I’m not sure the word “Personhood” can even exist in a news story without the adjective “controversial” attached.

But you know what’s less popular than Personhood? Third-trimester abortions. Maybe things will change, but this fact does not seem to have captured the imagination of the media. Even though, according to most polls, we find the idea of late-term abortions controversial, contentious, troublesome, and so on.

In a recent Gallup poll, 80 percent of Americans believe abortions in the third trimester should be illegal. In a Huffington Post-funded poll, respondents favored a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks by a margin of 59 to 30 percent. In Quinnipiac University Poll, 55 percent supported a ban restricting abortions on viable unborn children – with women, whose views we should respect, supporting the ban by a 60-25 margin.