The Democratic Party is one of two main politixal parties in the United States. The party tends to favor social programs, government regulation, and higher government spending. Historically, the party supported segregation and was affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats remain largely opposed to school choice, although education has been identified by many as the Civil Rights issue of the 21st century. The party has close ties to unions including the teachers union. Democrats also favor legal access to abortion.