Quincy, Massachusetts Mayor Thomas Koch left the Democratic Party in 2018 over its radical pro-abortion stance.
But he has not stopped urging his former fellow party members to follow their consciences and take a stand for life.
Catholic News Agency reports Koch questioned how Christian politicians can support the killing of unborn babies in abortions during a pro-life rally June 17 in Quincy.
“Where are the consciences today of our elected politicians – particularly the Catholic and Christian ones?” he asked in his speech at the Night 4 Life event, according to the New Boston Post.
This question has been at the forefront of many Americans’ minds as President Joe Biden, who professes to be a devout Catholic, advances a radical pro-abortion agenda. Some of his actions thus far include plans to force taxpayers to directly fund the killing of unborn babies in abortions and an administrative decision allowing dangerous abortion drugs to be sold through the mail without the woman ever seeing a doctor in person.
Biden used to be more moderate on abortion, but he adopted a radical pro-abortion position on the campaign trail while courting the support of the billion-dollar abortion industry.
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In contrast, Koch, a Catholic, said he decided to leave the Democratic Party, rather than give in to the pressure to support the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Here’s more from the report:
In his speech, Koch said that he learned how to be “principled” from a young age after watching his father, Richard J. Koch, distance himself from Senator Ted Kennedy. As a campaign aide for Kennedy, Koch’s father spent extensive time with the senator but “departed” the position after Kennedy supported legal abortion.
Koch urged pro-lifers at the rally to make their voices heard.
“We are the apostles of our time,” he said. “We need to be that light of hope.”
Afterward, he told the Catholic News Agency, “The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message, and I am so proud that our city hosted the Night 4 Life affirming respect for every human being from conception to natural death.”
Koch’s decision to leave the Democratic Party in 2018 attracted national news attention. A Democrat all his life, Koch said he could no longer support a party that wants to allow unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth.
He said the “last straw” for him happened when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said all Democrats should support abortion on demand.
“I said, okay, I guess that’s the last straw for me,” Koch told The Patriot Ledger at the time. “The party platform is so far left on abortion it’s sickening.”
The Democratic Party has adopted an increasingly radical stance on abortion. In 2016, the DNC adopted a platform calling for full support of abortion for any reason up to birth as well as taxpayer funding of abortions. Both are widely unpopular positions among the general public.