Democratic politicians face pressure from party leaders and powerful lobbying groups to support radical left-wing policies, including late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions.
But that isn’t what their constituents want, as is evidenced in recent polls and the growing #WalkAway movement.
Some Democratic activists are warning the party that it is alienating voters with its extreme policies on abortion, and it’s time to welcome back pro-life Democrats.
In a recent interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Kristen Day of Democrats for Life said the party has been fighting for the billion-dollar abortion industry, not voters.
“This abortion position is the most extreme it has ever been,” Day said. “They’re all fighting for the abortion lobby vote and that could turn around and hurt them all in the general election.”
Some Democrats, like Quincy, Massachusetts Mayor Thomas P. Koch, are leaving the party, while others are joining Day’s organization to try to impact change from the inside. She told the Beacon that their membership has doubled since January when New York passed a radical pro-abortion law legalizing abortions for basically any reason up to birth.
“Safe, legal, and rare is something most pro-life Democrats could accept, but paying for abortion up to nine months with federal funds is extreme,” she said, noting that the party platform now supports taxpayer-funded abortions.
“When you talk about abortion extremism you’re going to lose votes, particularly the one-third of Democrats who identify as pro-life and think life is worth protecting,” Day continued.
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Polls suggest this could be the case in 2020. A February poll by Marist University found a startling, double-digit shift in the number of Democrats who identify as pro-life. The poll came right after Democrats defended infanticide and abortions up to birth.
Day said she knows many Democrats who did not vote in the 2016 presidential election after the party embraced a platform supporting taxpayer-funded abortions.
“We’ve received lots of calls from Democrats who oppose late-term, but still are in favor of first trimester abortions,” she told the Beacon. “I’m expecting that number to keep growing.”
Even Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi seem to acknowledge that extreme pro-abortion policies are a losing issue. A lengthy New York Times piece about the midterm election highlighted a party leadership strategy that helped Democrats win back the House last fall: Pelosi told candidates, “Don’t talk about abortion,”
But Democrat leaders did not moderate their position. Instead, they chose to hide their radical pro-abortion policies behind the empty rhetoric of “choice” and “health care” – and then voted against protections for viable, late-term born and unborn babies.
Moderate Democratic candidates say they feel the pressure to conform with the party’s increasingly radical left-wing agenda, too.
All indications suggest that the party will nominate another radical pro-abortion candidate for president in 2020. Yet, polls consistent show that most Americans oppose the Democratic Party position on abortion.
According to a recent national poll by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.
A May 2018 Gallup poll similarly found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.