Pro-life Democrats are frustrated at the radical pro-abortion stance of their party. They insist that the Democratic Party won’t win this election unless it changes its position on abortion, myAJC reports.
Democrats are speaking out. Jonathan Ruth, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who in 2014 ran for a House seat, is one of them.
“The first thing everyone asks is: I can’t vote for a Democrat because I’m pro-life. If we can get the word out that there are Democrats that are pro-life, that’s a good thing,” Ruth said.
Ruth made the statement during a reception in Philadelphia honoring Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has signed several pro-life laws. Ruth, along with others, described his frustration at the party’s pro-abortion platform. They were also discouraged at the vice president nominee, Tim Kaine. Kaine claims to object to abortion personally, however he supports Roe v. Wade and says he will not stand in the way of Hillary Clinton’s goal to force taxpayers to fund abortions.
“We want to see abortion be more rare,” Ruth continued. “When we see good economic policy, there tends to be less need for abortion, and we need to be concerned about mothers, too, and not even needing to make that choice if they don’t have to.”
The Democratic National Convention delegates recently approved the party’s most pro-abortion platform ever. The platform opposes the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits direct taxpayer funding of most abortions and has done so since the late 1970s. Upheld by the Supreme Court, the amendment is now a target of abortion advocates who have moved from pro-choice to pro-abortion — forcing Americans not only to accept unlimited abortions before birth but also to pay for them.
While abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood do receive some taxpayer funding, they are not supposed to use the money for abortions. If Hyde was repealed, that would change, and abortion businesses could freely and openly receive tax dollars for abortions.
The Democratic Party’s radical new decision has upset many Democrats. Pro-life Democrats had only one speaker to represent them when the vote on the new platform was taken, according to myAJC. James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, explained in a phone interview that the DNC rejected his proposal to explain Democrat’s different opinions on abortion, the report states.
“I also think it indicates a kind of tone-deafness and insularity to where most Democrats are,” Zogby said. “It almost makes it look like the default position is an abortion. That’s not where the Democratic Party is. I asked them to consider putting in some language for diverse views and respect for the big tent.”
Evidently, the voices of pro-lifers are no longer being heard by the Democratic Party. In this election, pro-life Democrats working to defend life cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, who said in April that an unborn child just hours before delivery has no Constitutional rights.