Pro-Life Democrats Group Highlights Why Party Losing Voters Over Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Democrats Group Highlights Why Party Losing Voters Over Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 27
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — On the same day Gallup released the results of a new poll showing Barack Obama losing support from pro-life Democrats, Democrats for Life of America released a new analysis showing why the party is failing to attract voters. The organization says the pro-abortion stranglehold must loosen to win the White House.

The Gallup poll found Obama losing ground against John McCain in part because he has lost several percentage points with pro-life Democrats.

The DFLA document, sent to on Wednesday, points to polling data showing the problem.

Its analysis finds a political party whose extreme position in favor of unlimited abortions funded at taxpayer expense is out of step with its own membership.

The group says a 2007 Gallup poll found 51 percent of Democrats say abortion is morally wrong and another 35 percent identified themselves as pro-life in a 2008 Gallup survey.

Not only has the Democratic Party disenfranchised pro-life Democrats, but DFLA says it remains out of touch with Americans as a whole.

While a Zogby poll found about two-thirds of the American public backs sensible abortion limits like parental consent, informed consent, and a partial-birth abortion ban — both the party and its presidential candidate Barack Obama oppose those ideas.

"Despite overwhelming popular support for restrictions on abortion, the
Democratic Party platform continues to advocate for the small minority of
Americans in favor of abortion-on-demand, no matter what the circumstance," the group told

DFLA says the Democratic Party focuses on winning over Hispanic and women voters, but it points to polling data showing them as more pro-life than the general public.

A 2008 Pew Hispanic Center poll found 83 percent of Hispanics oppose abortion and a 2005 CBS News survey indicated just 28 percent of women side with the unlimited pro-abortion position the party and Obama hold.

The group noted that the pro-abortion groups that contribute millions to the Democratic Party and run its abortion stance aren’t getting good results.

Emily’s List raised $52.3 million for female candidates who support abortion in the 2004 elections, yet, the states where Emily’s List ran an extensive Voter Mobilization Project, none of their Senate candidates won.

Some 80% of the candidates endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s political action committee, won their elections while just 35 percent of Emily’s List candidates won.

"Our Party gets a lot of money from pro-choice Democrats. But as this analysis shows, it is not converted into votes for a pro-choice presidential candidate," says Kristen Day, executive director of the group.

"The choice for our Party is not about abortion, but the choice to either have money or have votes. Obama needs to decide which is it going to be?"

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