Should Democrats support pro-life candidates? | The Tylt

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Some advocates want the Democratic Party to amend its platform and accept pro-life candidates, arguing it will make the party more competitive in red states. But after Doug Jones—who is unapologetically pro-choice—won in Alabama, many are questioning the argument that Democrats need to soften their stance on abortion. Some Democrats say there is "no litmus test" when it comes to anti-abortion candidates, but others argue reproductive freedom should be non-negotiable. What do you think? 🚺

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In 2016, the Democratic Party adopted a platform that was hailed by many as "the best ever for reproductive freedom." But after suffering a devastating electoral loss, some in the party began asking Democratic leadership to be more open to candidates who oppose abortion.

Pro-choice activists within the party are outraged the Democratic Party would consider "selling out women" for political gain and believe weakening the party's stance on reproductive freedom is the wrong path forward.

“The Democratic Party has and will always include people who don’t personally believe that abortion is an option for them or their families. But the Democratic Party should draw the line on supporting legislators or candidates who seek to impose their personal views on their constituents and the country."
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But others argue Democrats are limiting themselves with their staunch pro-choice stance, and will never succeed as a national party if they aren't willing to listen to pro-life liberals.

If the Democratic Party is to become a truly national party — one that can win consistently outside of urban, coastal America — it has no choice but to welcome people with different views on abortion. The number of voters who cite abortion as their single-most-important issue is the highest in the history of Gallup’s poll. This group is dominated by pro-lifers.
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Ahead of the Alabama Senate election, many worried Doug Jones would lose to Roy Moore because of his pro-choice stance.

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But after Doug Jones won, pro-choice Democrats argued Jones' victory proves Democrats don't need to abandon their commitment to reproductive freedom.

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And Jones' won 1 in 4 pro-life Alabamians, demonstrating abortion wasn't a make-or-break issue for voters.

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Should Democrats support pro-life candidates?
#DemsForLife
A festive crown for the winner
#DemsAreProChoice