Pro-abortion House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi admitted this week that the Democratic Party’s support of abortion has not been a winning issue.
Pelosi spoke to the Washington Post about whether her party should support pro-life candidates or require that candidates support easy access to taxpayer-funded abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.
Struggling after heavy election losses in November, many in the Democratic Party are debating whether to support pro-life candidates, especially in rural areas where voters tend to be more pro-life.
The debate erupted in April after abortion activists with NARAL criticized DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others for supporting a Nebraska mayoral candidate who has a pro-life voting record.
Perez responded to the criticism by describing abortion as a “fundamental value” to the party and said every Democrat should support it.
But other Democrats disagree. Some, like Pelosi, appear to be recognizing that the party’s support of abortion-on-demand-up-to-birth is losing them voters.
Pelosi blamed pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss on pro-life voters. Clinton supported the unpopular platform of forcing taxpayers to directly fund abortions, and she promised to nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up until birth, if elected.
Pelosi told the Washington Post this week: “You know what? That’s why Donald Trump is president of the United States—the evangelicals and the Catholics, anti-marriage equality, anti-choice. That’s how he got to be president. Everything was trumped, literally and figuratively by that.”
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Pelosi, who supports the pro-abortion platform but describes herself as a Catholic, said many in her Catholic family are pro-life. She also mentioned U.S. Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, a Democrat who sometimes votes pro-life.
“You think I’m kicking them out of the Democratic Party?” Pelosi said.
Abortion activists have been trying to take over the Democratic Party with their radical agenda for years.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, contradicted Pelosi and claimed that support of pro-life candidates “leads to bad policy” for women and the economy.
“If the Democratic Party is going to gain back power, it can’t go backward, it can’t back down and it can’t trade away these principles,” Hogue told the Post, referring to abortion.
But Hogue’s statements to the Post made it clear just how radical the Democratic Party’s current platform is. It is not the party of “safe, legal and rare” abortions anymore.
The NARAL president said the new Democratic Party platform “didn’t just seek to protect abortion access — it sought to expand it.”
Nearly 1 million abortions occur annually in the United States, and Hogue basically said NARAL and the Democratic Party want to see abortions increase – and be paid for by our tax dollars.
Despite what Hogue and her fellow abortion activists claim, polls show that most Americans do not support most abortions or taxpayer funding for them. Most Americans want abortions to be illegal or limited to a few rare circumstances.
Some Democrats like Pelosi seem to be realizing that their party has become too extreme on abortion for many voters. That does not mean Pelosi is changing her pro-abortion position, but she is encouraging more inclusivity – something Democrats for Life has been working to do for years.
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.
But the party’s increasingly radical pro-abortion stance has turned away many voters.
For example, taxpayer funding for abortion is an extremely unpopular issue, even among Democrats and those who describe themselves as pro-choice. A Politico/Harvard University poll in October 2016 found that just 36 percent of likely voters supported taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent opposed it. These findings are consistent with previous polls from various groups.
The Democratic Party has not always been so extreme on abortion. The party, which prides itself in fighting for the vulnerable, once welcomed strong pro-life politicians who fought for the rights of unborn babies. Perhaps this debate will encourage the party to begin doing so again.