Bernie Sanders told pro-life Democrats that they are not welcome Saturday, emphasizing that supporting abortion is an “essential part of being a Democrat.”
CNS News reports the Vermont senator and Democrat presidential candidate made the comment during a presidential forum in Concord, New Hampshire. The pro-abortion groups Demand Justice Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights and NARAL Pro-Choice America sponsored the event.
When asked if he believes there are pro-life Democrats, Sanders replied, “Being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.”
He said almost all Democrat lawmakers are solidly pro-abortion in the U.S. House and Senate, with a very few exceptions.
“By this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is an essential part of that,” Sanders said.
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The message is coming through loud and clear in the Democratic presidential race. Just a week earlier, fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg told a pro-life Democrat voter basically the same thing on national television.
Writing at the American Thinker, Silvio Canto, Jr. warned Democrat leaders that they are alienating voters with their radical pro-abortion agenda.
“The Democrats’ position on ‘life’ is shortsighted. They are writing off a big chunk of the electorate, especially Hispanics and Catholics,” Canto wrote. “It’s up to the Trump campaign to force Democrats to defend this abortion position in every competitive district. Let’s see how many Democrats between the coasts agree that there is no place in the party for pro-life voters.”
Approximately 21 million Democrat voters are pro-life, according to Democrats for Life of America.
Yet, 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. Many of the candidates are openly rejecting pro-life Democrats in their so-called party of inclusion as well.
This radical pro-abortion stance is alienating voters, and pro-life leaders who are Democrats have been vocal about their disgust with the party for ignoring Democrat voters’ opinions and advocating for the billion-dollar abortion industry’s agenda instead.
Polls consistently show that most Americans, including a large number of Democrats, do not support such extremes. A recent Gallup poll found that 59% of Democrats want at least some restrictions on abortion and 29% identify as pro-life.
Another recent poll by Marist found that six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade it should allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction.
In response to Sanders’ comments Sunday, Princeton University professor Robert George wrote on Twitter: “If you’re pro-life you are unacceptable, unwanted, an intruder. Time to go elsewhere.”