After a top Democrat said the Democratic Party would consider funding pro-life Democrats for federal offices there’s been considerable sturm und drang about the status of pro-life Democrats and the party.
Now another top Democrat has been asked whether or not pro-life Democrats are welcome in the Democratic party and he was unable to provide a clear answer. Watch the video below:
As the Democratic Party descends into the abortion wars among themselves, Commentary’s Noah Rothman asked Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) whether the Democrats could be a pro-life party, or at least one that accepts pro-life members, or are the two ideologies just too far apart to make such an accommodation. Rothman’s remarks come after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made it known that they will not withhold financial support from candidates who stray from this plank in the party platform. It’s enraged progressive groups, like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and even former DNC chair Howard Dean said that he might have to withhold support for his own party’s candidates.
Van Hollen decided to deploy countermeasures on this question:
“Well, look, I think candidates, in my experience, are chosen by their constituents. They come out of local organizations. They come out of their local work experience. So you don’t have the DSCC choosing the candidates. You have the Democratic candidate primary voters in these primaries making those decisions,” he said.
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The question of funding pro-life Democrats for Congress is moot in some ways because there are so few authentic pro-life Democrats.