Pro-life Democrats do exist. They are many, and they want their party to represent their voices, too.
Increasingly, the Democratic Party has aligned itself with the billion-dollar abortion industry and its radical agenda. Now, Democrat leaders are openly refusing to welcome millions of pro-life voters like Kristen Day, a registered Democrat since 1988.
Day recently asked presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg if he would support party language welcoming pro-lifers like herself. The Indiana mayor, considered to be one of the more moderate Democratic presidential candidates, refused to answer.
In a column for USA Today this week, Day warned the party that it is “pushing out valuable voters” with its abortion extremism.
“The pro-life movement today is more inclusive than ever. The Democratic Party and its presidential candidates — less so,” she wrote. “I want my party back.”
All of the top Democratic presidential candidates support abortions without restriction through all nine months of pregnancy and want to force taxpayers to pay for them. The party platform boasts a radical pro-abortion agenda as well. In 2012, Democrat leaders removed the word “rare” from their abortion platform, and, in 2016, added language calling for taxpayer-funded abortions.
Not that long ago, Day said the party was much more pro-life.
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“The Democratic Party used to support a position that welcomes pro-life members,” she said. “The 1996 and 2000 Democratic platforms noted that we are ‘a party of inclusion’ and ‘we respect the individual conscience of each American on this difficult issue.’”
She wants the party to return to that platform but fears the billion dollar abortion industry is getting in the way. Even Joe Biden, who was once considered a moderate on the abortion issue, recently flip-flopped and now supports taxpayer-funded abortions.
“The reality today is that the Democratic Party, hounded by abortion extremists, is deep in the pockets of the pro-choice lobby,” Day said. “As much as today’s candidates talk about ending big money in politics, they make one major exception: the family planning and abortion lobby, a $3 billion industry that pads the wallets of political candidates to protect its own interests.”
Polls consistently show that most Americans, including a large number of Democrats, do not support such extremes. Day referred to a recent Gallup poll, which found that 59 percent of Democrats support at least some restrictions on abortion and 29 percent identify as pro-life.
Significantly, “20% of pro-life Democrats say they’d only vote for a pro-life candidate, according to a 2019 Public Religion Research Institute poll,” she noted. “More than 17 million Democrats identified as pro-life in 2016, and 44% of Democrats support drawing the line to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy, according to a recent Marist poll.”
Pro-life Democrats can win office, and the party used to support them. A few are left, including U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski, of Illinois, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana state Rep. Katrina Jackson. And Day believes there could be many more if the party starts to welcome pro-lifers again.
Day said she supports other Democratic causes such as expanded health care, a living wage and policies that provide more support to families in need. She even worked for several Democratic politicians in the past.
But she and many other Democrats no longer feel welcome in their own party because it refuses to recognize that a human being’s whole life is valuable, from conception to natural death and every moment in between.