Should the Democratic Party support pro-life candidates? | The Tylt
Democrats for Life of America is asking the Democratic National Committee to alter its pro-choice party platform and make it clear that Democrats are open to candidates who oppose abortion. The pro-life advocacy group met with DNC Chairman Tom Perez and gave him a list of requests that supporters believe are necessary to connect with pro-life candidates and voters. But many Democrats say being pro-choice is non-negotiable, and the party cannot compromise on women's rights. What do you think?
Should the Democratic Party support pro-life candidates?
The list of requests Democrats for Life of America gave to the DNC includes “a public statement on the Democratic National Committee website... explaining that the party does not support an abortion litmus test and pressuring people to change their position on life."
The group also wants the party to drop the section of its platform opposing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion in most circumstances, and requests “the establishment of a Democratic Pro-Life Political Action Committee to be used specifically to support pro-life Democratic candidates.”
Others, like Jill Filipovic, are furious that the DNC "seems willing to sell out abortion rights in pursuit of the elusive vote of the working-class white man."
Many Democrats want nothing to do with the pro-life wing, and are angry that such a move is even being considered as a bargaining chip, as NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement:
"If Democrats think the path forward following the 2016 election is to support candidates who substitute their own judgement and ideology for that of their female constituents, they have learned all the wrong lessons and are bound to lose.”
But many, including Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders, say 2016 proved Democrats cannot remain rigidly pro-choice if they want to win future elections. It's a matter of the party's survival.
A Democratic party that made room for pro-life, pro-gun leaders would sweep. Jim Webb Democrats.— Tim Ryan (@EnerGeoPolitics) July 5, 2017
At the New Statesman, Laurie Penny says it's a black-and-white issue, and Democrats compromise on it at their peril.
If you believe that abortion should be banned except in cases of rape and incest, you are not “pro-life." You are anti-woman.
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