Should Democrats embrace pro-life candidates?
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Should Democrats embrace pro-life candidates?

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In a Washington Post interview, minority leader Nancy Pelosi created a firestorm by saying the Democratic Party should not require its candidates to support abortion rights. Pelosi and others say the party must be open to pro-life views if they are ever going to win back the socially conservative voters who voted for Donald Trump. But others insist the Democratic Party cannot compromise on its commitment to abortion rights, even if it costs them votes. What do you think?

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More than 20 million Democrats say they are pro-life, but many of these voters who would otherwise support Democrats on social issues feel alienated by the party's stance on abortion. Pelosi herself pointed to the support Catholic nuns gave Obamacare, as well as the continued support the Catholic Church has given to the ACA, as reasons why the party needs to bridge this gap. Isn't good government about compromise?

Pelosi was able to win passage [of the ACA] only after adding assurances that the new law would not use government funds for abortion. She also recalled: “Look, we worked with the nuns. The nuns helped us pass the Affordable Care Act. The nuns. The Catholic nuns — thank God for the Catholic nuns." 
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Reproductive rights activists are appalled by what they call a willingness to bargain away women's rights in exchange for the votes of social conservatives. Feminists like Jill Filopovic say such a shift is not only wrong, but it's been tried before and it won't work.

Abandoning full-throated support for abortion rights in an attempt to secure more votes from moderates is not a new idea. Some men, it seems, think 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. 

If Democrats are willing to compromise on [abortion], they certainly can't call themselves the party of women's rights — and they won't be the party of economic justice either.
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Even Bernie Sanders agreed Democrats must be open to candidates who are not "rigidly pro-choice," and though he took major heat for it, Sanders also campaigned with a pro-life candidate in Omaha.

Pelosi's commentary was met with outrage by many women, who say their freedom of choice is not a bargaining chip to be traded away in order to win over conservative voters.

 But pro-life Democrats say their views have a right to be included and represented.

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