“In 1984,” the Times noted, “she was often mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate, but she was ultimately passed over by the presidential nominee, former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, in favor of Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro. Mrs. Boggs believed that her strong stand against abortion had hurt her chances.”
Yet she never wavered from that stand — and the world has come her way. A recent poll showed that a plurality of Americans support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, and that “women supported such a measure in greater numbers than men (50 percent of women in favor; 46 percent of men).” In other words, Lindy Boggs was a woman ahead of her time.
With her passing, the United States lost a gracious and devoted champion of the most vulnerable of our citizens. Sadly, Lindy Boggs’s death may also mark the passing of an increasingly rare phenomenon: the pro-life Democrat.