Former Democrat Explains: I Now Vote Republican Because I’m Pro-Life on Abortion

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 14, 2020   |   6:31PM   |   Washington, DC

“I used to vote Democrat” is becoming a familiar phrase as more voters learn about the radical pro-abortion position of the Democratic Party.

Increasingly, the party is alienating voters with its support for abortions without restriction and insistence on taxpayer funding for them. These are the positions of the billion-dollar abortion industry, which donates millions to Democrat politicians’ campaigns – but not most Americans.

Illinois voter Mary Ann Cronauer said she stopped voting for Democrat candidates after she learned the truth.

In a letter published at the Daily Herald, she said she cast her first presidential election vote for John F. Kennedy and supported Democrats for years.

“But after abortion was legalized and I realized that it was supported by Democrats, I stopped voting for them,” Cronauer said. “A few years ago, a man said to me, ‘I’m Catholic, so of course, I vote Democratic.’ I replied, ‘I’m Catholic, too, and I don’t.’”

She said it is not true that no one knows when life begins.

“Life begets life! When a living human egg is fertilized by a living human sperm, a new living human being comes into existence,” Cronauer said.

As a Catholic, she said she believes that every human life is valuable, from the moment of conception.

“Early Christians sharply distinguished themselves from the surrounding pagan culture by rejecting abortion and infanticide,” Cronauer continued. “The Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) and the Letter of Barnabas condemned both practices, as did early regional Church Councils. The Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death has not changed.”

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Most Americans, religious or not, disagree with the Democratic Party platform on abortion. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose abortion without restriction and taxpayer-funded abortions, both of which the party supports.

A 2019 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 Democrat political leaders defended infanticide and abortions up to birth.

Polls show strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions as well. A 2016 Harvard University poll found that only 36 percent of likely voters support overturning the Hyde Amendment and forcing Americans to fund abortions. A 2019 poll by Marist University found similarly strong opposition.

As a result, politicians and individuals are leaving the Democratic Party, many pointing to its extreme pro-abortion stance as their main reason.

Similar changes are happening overseas. Recently, pro-life lawmakers in Ireland and Northern Ireland also quit their political parties after party leaders supported the killing of unborn babies in abortions.