Liberal Group Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Oust Pro-Life Democrat From Congress

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 11, 2019   |   5:44PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-abortion Democrats are trying to get rid of the few pro-life politicians left in their party.

Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar is the latest to have a target pinned on his back. According to the Washington Post, the group Justice Democrats recently announced plans to recruit a left-wing challenger for him in the 2020 primary. This is the same group that helped pro-abortion Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win a seat in New York.

Cuellar is a seven-term representative with a moderately pro-life record. His recent votes include supporting a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks on pain-capable unborn babies and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

These votes do not jive with an increasingly pro-abortion Democratic Party. The party has a radical stance on abortion that is out of touch with most Americans. In 2016, the Democratic National Committee approved a platform calling for full support of abortion for any reason up to birth and taxpayer funding of abortions — despite polling showing strong public opposition to both.

Just a handful of pro-life politicians are left in Washington now.

Here’s more from the report:

In a statement, the group compared Texas’s 28th Congressional District, which gave the president just 38.5 percent of the vote in 2016, to other districts where left-leaning candidates have unseated incumbents. It is launching a “primary Cuellar fund” to encourage any potential candidate that there will be resources if he or she jumps into the race.

“There’s an Ocasio-Cortez and [Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna] Pressley in blue districts across America, tired of seeing long-standing incumbents serve corporate interests, work with Trump’s agenda, and works against the progressive movement,” said Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats. “These grass-roots leaders just need a little bit of encouragement and support.”

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Cuellar’s office did not respond to a question from The Washington Post, but he has long been seen as a target for the party’s left wing as it works to build its bench. Last year, after a left-wing primary challenger to Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) was narrowly defeated, Cuellar told The Post that he would hold his seat in any primary.

“They came after me twice, and I beat ’em,” Cuellar said. “LBJ used to say: What’s the difference between a cannibal and a liberal Democrat? Cannibals don’t eat their own.”

Democrat Party leaders have been sending a message that pro-lifers are not welcome, even though

Democrats for Life estimates more than 23 million Democrats in the U.S. are pro-life. 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 and 40 percent say abortion is morally wrong.

In August, abortion activists even pressured the Missouri Democratic Party to reject a platform amendment that welcomed a “diversity of views on abortion.”

Many have left the Democratic Party because it has stopped supporting pro-life laws and advocates for life. Last year, a Massachusetts mayor even publicly announced his decision to leave, disgusted by the party’s demand that unborn babies be sacrificed and their deaths celebrated.