Just when I thought the Democratic National Committee (DNC) couldn’t get more pro-abortion, they proved me wrong. The party has supported abortion in its platform for many years. In 2016, they went even further, calling for repeal of the Hyde Amendment which prevents federal funding of abortion with limited exceptions. It is this desired expansion of abortion “rights” that contributed to the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
Last week, the pro-abortion juggernaut in the DNC was in an uproar because party leaders had expressed support for Heath Mello, a mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, who in 2009 had co-sponsored a pro-life measure in the Nebraska legislature.
NARAL immediately went into hyper overdrive. It issued a statement saying, “The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women — one of the most critical constituencies for the party — of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid.”
Not unexpectedly, after first expressing support for Mello, DNC chairman Tom Perez now says that he fundamentally disagrees with Mello’s personal beliefs about women’s reproductive health. “[E]very candidate who runs as a Democrat should do the same, because every woman should be able to make her own health choices,” Perez intoned. “Period.”
Giants in the Democratic party of years past would likely be amazed at how far the party has wandered from its perception as a party that cares about the helpless and vulnerable.
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Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice President under Lyndon Johnson, 1968 presidential candidate, and long-time senator from Minnesota, was asked about abortion on the campaign trail. “I am not for it,” he said simply. In 1976, Humphrey stated, “The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Surely, he would be surprised at how radical his party has become when dealing with unborn children, those at the “dawn of life.”
However, former Pennsylvania Governor, the late Robert Casey, would not be surprised at this latest action. He spent many years fighting his party’s decline into the abortion abyss.
In a speech given in 1995, Casey said, “And so, it is for me the bitterest of ironies that abortion on demand found refuge, found a home – and it pains me to say this – found a home in the national Democratic Party. My party, the party of the weak, the party of the powerless. You see, to me, protecting the unborn child follows naturally from everything I know about my party and about my country. Nothing could be more foreign to the American experience than legalized abortion. It is inconsistent with our national character, with our national purpose, with all that we have done, and with everything we hope to be.”
In the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the Democratic party combined lost more than a thousand elected US Senators, US Representatives, Governors, and state lawmakers. Democrats currently have only 16 governors; there are only five states with both a Democratic governor and majority of Democrats in both of the state’s legislative bodies.
Governor Casey appeared prophetic when, in his autobiography, Fighting for Life, he stated, “Many people discount the power of the so-called ‘cultural issues’ and especially of the abortion issue. I see it just the other way around. These issues are central to the national resurgence of the Republicans, central to the national implosion of the Democrats, central to the question of whether there will be a third party. …[The Democrats’ national decline– or better, their national disintegration– will continue relentlessly and inexorably until they come to grips with these values issues, primarily abortion.”
With this latest litmus test for Democratic candidates, the party will continue to lose elections. Sadly, even more unborn babies may lose their lives.
LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.