Democratic Party leaders are making it very clear that pro-life lawmakers are not welcome in the party anymore.
This week in Ohio, a pro-life Democrat is facing criticism from his party leaders for a social media post lamenting how Planned Parenthood aborts unborn babies, The Enquirer reports.
Dusty Rhodes, the auditor of Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati, wrote Friday on Twitter,
“Just wondering when they are going to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Auburn Avenue, you know, in front of that building where they terminate black lives and white ones, too, almost every day of the week.”
Planned Parenthood, the only abortion facility in Cincinnati, is located on Auburn Avenue. Many believe the abortion chain targets unborn black babies and mothers for abortions, and the Black Lives Matter organization, which claims to fight against racism, is not doing anything to protect mothers and unborn babies from abortion.
Recently, Washington, D.C. and other cities have painted “Black Lives Matter” on the streets to draw attention to the problem of racism, something Rhodes also referenced in his tweet.
The pro-life Democrat urged people to recognize that unborn babies’ lives matter, too. But for doing so, he may be censored.
According to the report, Hamilton County Democratic Chairwoman Gwen McFarlin claimed his tweet was “racist and sexist.” She said she wants the party to censure Rhodes and refuse to endorse him if he runs for re-election in 2022.
“I condemn this comment which I would not expect from an elected official let alone a Democratically endorsed elected official,” McFarlin said in a statement. “His offensive comments are aimed at black, brown and other marginalized groups as well as women. The Democratic Party supports the Black Lives Matter movement and women’s reproductive rights.”
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State Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper supported McFarlin’s criticism, according to the report.
Rhodes refused to apologize, noting that he always has made his pro-life position clear.
“She never called me a sexist or racist when she sought my support over the years, and she knew full well of my opinions and anti-abortion stance,” he told the newspaper. “To come out with something like this, it’s unfortunate. I like Gwen. She’s given into the pressure of the loumdmouth radical left.”
Rhodes said he stands by what he wrote. He said the party did not have a problem with his pro-life position when it endorsed him in 2018, Christian Headlines reports.
“The criticism is an obvious reaction to my views on abortion, which should not be a surprise to anyone. The party knew this when they asked me to run for County Auditor in 1990. They knew it when I was endorsed in 2018. They knew it when I won with almost 2/3rds of the vote,” he wrote on Twitter.
Rhodes is not alone. The Democratic Party has been kicking out pro-life politicians as it aligns itself closely with the billion-dollar abortion industry. Earlier this year, one of the last pro-life Democrats in U.S. Congress, Dan Lipinski, of Illinois, lost his primary election to a radical abortion activist.
The party platform boasts a radical pro-abortion agenda that supports abortion without limits. In 2012, Democrat leaders removed the word “rare” from their abortion platform, and, in 2016, added language calling for taxpayer-funded abortions.
There is a strong disconnect between Democrat Party leaders’ position on abortion and that of the average voter. Polls consistently show that most voters do not support the Democrat Party’s radical pro-abortion agenda, and Democrat voters have been speaking out against the party’s abortion radicalism.