Cecile Richards: You Can’t be a Democrat if You Don’t Support Abortion. “It’s Non-Negotiable”

National   Steven Ertelt   Aug 2, 2017   |   12:35PM    Washington, DC

The head of the nation’s biggest abortion company is not very happy that Democrats are considering supporting candidates who are pro-life. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards essentially says that you can’t be a Democrat if you don’t support abortion and that the Democratic Party should not support any candidate who opposes abortion.

In an interview with The Hill published Monday, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said there would be no abortion “litmus test” and that the party would not withhold funding from pro-life candidates.

Richards lashed out at the pro-abortion politician on Twitter.

“Women’s health & rights are non-negotiable – incl. access to safe, legal abortion. We’ll hold any politician who says otherwise accountable,” she wrote. “Trading away women’s health and rights will just alienate one of the most powerful political forces in this country. Access to safe, legal abortion is central to women’s economic empowerment and bodily autonomy.”

“Most of America agrees: 7 in 10 Americans support Roe v. Wade. Access to abortion has more support than any political party in the country,” Richards falsely claimed — despite polling data to the contrary showing a majority of Americans are pro-life.

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But polling data from earlier this year shows that 23% of Democrats consider themselves pro-life on abortion. That makes it so the abortion advocates who run the party are essentially driving away 1/4 of the party supporters and making them more likely to support pro-life Republican candidates.

Democrats for Life estimates more than 23 million Democrats in the U.S. are pro-life. Last year, Pew Research found that 28 percent of Democrats say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. Marist/KofC polling also found that 23 percent of Democrats consider themselves pro-life.