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September 27, 2017

Why abortion stops some Hispanics from supporting Democrats

To most Democrats, abortion is a constitutional right or even, in the words of Hillary Clinton, “the most basic of human rights.” But the Democratic view prevents some Hispanics from supporting the party.

This was the case with Laura Torres, an immigrant and small business owner in Arcadia, the largest city in Trempealeau County in western Wisconsin. “The only thing that I was not with [Clinton] on was because she was in favor of abortion,” Torres said. “And me as a woman, I’m against that.”

Torres explained the sorrow she felt after miscarrying four pregnancies and the experience of having one of her dead unborn babies removed at a local abortion center:

“I had the opportunity to go into one of those places. It’s awful. Oh my God, it’s so sad, to me it was so depressed to be in one of those places and see all of those ladies that just because they don’t feel like having a baby, or just because they’re not married, or whatever excuse they found, they feel that they have the right to go and kill the baby. And when you’re there trying to have the baby that you did love, you’ve been waiting for, it’s really hard.”

“So that was the only Clinton thing that was in my head….I don’t want [abortion] to be legal, legal, to just be in big letters,” she said.

Torres’ story underscores the rift between Hispanics and the Democratic Party on social issues. Hispanic immigrants tend to be more religious and conservative on sexual issues such as abortion and marriage than the Democratic Party.

Her story also underscores the opportunity the Republican Party may have with a group of voters whose most closely held values are conservative.


This video was originally featured as a part of the Washington Examiner’s series The Race to 2020: The people and places that will define a presidency. You can read more about Trempealeau County, see more videos, or use the form below to get email updates about future updates.

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