The Democratic Party still has a lot of pro-life voters, but many of its leaders apparently would rather stay in the good graces of the abortion industry and its huge cash contributions than the voters it claims to serve.
For several years now, party leaders have been mulling an abortion litmus test for candidates. That test would require candidates to conform to the Democratic Party’s platform of taxpayer-funded abortions for any reason up to birth — or lose the party’s support. One prominent Democratic group, the Democratic Attorney General Association, announced last week that it only will endorse candidates who support abortion on demand going forward, National Review reported.
The controversy prompted a question during the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday in Georgia. Elizabeth Warren, a top contender, refused to give a definite answer, but “she made it pretty clear there was no room” for pro-life Democrats in the party, Monica Showalter wrote at the American Thinker.
“I believe that abortion rights are human rights,” Warren said. “I believe that they are also economic rights. And protecting the right of a woman to be able to make decisions about her own body is fundamentally what we do and what we stand for as a Democratic Party.”
[Debate moderator Rachel Maddow] followed up and pressed Warren to give a specific answer.
“Senator Warren, I’m going to push you on this a little bit for a specific answer to the question. Governor John Bel Edwards in Louisiana is an anti-abortion governor who has signed abortion restrictions in Louisiana. Is there room for him in the Democratic Party with those politics?” Maddow asked.
“I have made clear what I think the Democratic Party stands for,” Warren answered. “I’m not here to try to drive anyone out of this party. I’m not here to try to build fences. But I am here to say this is what I will fight for as president of the United States. The women of America can count on that.”
Though Democrat leaders claim their radical pro-abortion stance represents the majority, polls show otherwise. According to a national poll by Marist University in January, 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 Democrats (60 percent). Recent Gallup polling also found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.
A Politico/Harvard University poll in 2016 found that just 36 percent of likely voters supported taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent opposed it.
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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. In recent years, however, the party has shifted to align itself closely with the abortion industry, which contributes tens of millions of dollars to Democratic candidates annually.
In October, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America, announced a $45 million election budget for 2020 to defeat President Donald Trump and pro-life candidates. Kelley Robinson, executive director of the superPAC Planned Parenthood Votes, said the $45 million is just an initial projection, and they hope to spend even more.