Do Democrats need to embrace pro-life voters? | The Tylt

Do Democrats need to embrace pro-life voters?

In a recent New York Times editorial, Thomas Groome argues that "to win again, Democrats must stop being the abortion party" and start welcoming pro-life candidates and voters. Even Bernie Sanders agreed Democrats must be open to candidates who are not "rigidly pro-choice." Pro-lifers feel Democrats marginalize or exclude them—but others insist the Democratic Party cannot compromise its commitment to abortion rights, even if it costs them votes. What do you think?

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Groome says Hillary Clinton lost the Catholic vote to Donald Trump because of her black-and-white stance on abortion, and the Democrats cannot reclaim their once-solid Catholic base without being open to pro-life views. Pro-life Democrats are voting for Trump and other Republicans because they feel disregarded by their party's orthodox commitment to abortion-rights.

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Jill Filipovic strongly disagreed with both Groome and Sanders, saying Democrats will lose support among women if they compromise on reproductive rights:

Some men in the Democratic party seem to think a strong defense of reproductive rights is optional [and that] moving right on women's rights will allow the party to secure more votes and give it space to move left on economic issues.This is a terrible strategy. It demonstrates the limits of "economic populism" when the term is defined by only men.
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Pro-life Democrats clashed publicly with party leadership at a contentious convention in Philadelphia this summer. They argue given the razor-thin margin by which Clinton lost to Trump, the party needs to moderate its staunchly pro-choice position.

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But legal analyst Imani Gandy says the Democratic Party cannot sacrifice its commitment to reproductive justice in the name of getting votes.

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But many say the Democratic Party cannot build a following in many regions of the U.S. unless the party is at least are open to pro-life candidates and voters.

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