On Tuesday, Ted Strickland’s campaign announced support for repealing the Hyde Amendment. While this may gain him points with the political elites of the Democratic Party, it won’t gain him points with average Americans. In a recent Marist poll, 62 percent of Americans said that they oppose tax payer funding of abortions.

The problem with tax payer-funded abortions is this: All tax payers have to bear the burden, without regard to whether they agree with it or not. The Hyde Amendment is a bipartisan budgetary measure that has protected the conscience rights of millions of Americans for the last 40 years by banning Medicaid funding from covering abortions. The Hyde Amendment is crucial to our First Amendment rights, as it protects the conscience rights of Americans who believe that abortion kills a living baby.

In the past weeks, both political parties have shifted farther from the center, in their attempts to solidify and turn out the base. In so doing, the Republican Party adopted the most pro-life platform ever, while the Democratic Party adopted the most radical pro-abortion platform, pledging to repeal the Hyde Amendment.

The horror is that, in catering to the far left, the Democrat Party has alienated pro-life Democrats. But, aside from just pro-life Democrats, pro-choice Democrats should be concerned about repealing the Hyde Amendment as well. When we allow the government to trample the conscience rights of some, we allow the government to trample the conscience rights of all.

It’s sad that, in an already extremely polarized society, Ted Strickland has upped the ante, and attempted to further polarize the American people.

But on top of being polarizing, Ted Strickland is also inconsistent. In 2003, Ted Strickland voted for the Partial Birth Abortion ban. I assume that on some level he knows abortion is a ghastly practice that should be limited to some degree. If he can draw the line on partial-birth abortions, why can’t he also draw the line on forcing taxpayers to pay for late-term abortions? In fact, Ohioans have already drawn the line on late-term abortions, prohibiting abortions after viability in 2011. Why then would he propose a policy that would facilitate late-term abortions in other parts of the country?

One thing is clear: Ted Strickland is not the right choice for Ohio taxpayers.