Nearly two weeks after the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, much of the polling on the issue suggests Republicans are on the defensive. Preserving abortion rights has become a galvanizing concern for the Democratic Party’s formerly unmotivated voters, and Republicans with a national profile have assumed a defensive crouch. And yet, the left’s supposed dominance on an issue they hope will deliver them from the edge of an electoral abyss is betrayed by liberals and progressives who don’t know how to talk about abortion anymore.

That’s what we can glean from the messaging materials provided to House Democrats in anticipation of a final verdict that cuts down Roe. That guidance, produced by the House Pro-Choice Caucus, advocates, among other initiatives, doing away with the word “choice.”

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