DNC to Meet with Pro-Life Democrats

via The Atlantic:

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez plans to meet with pro-life group Democrats for Life of America, amid an ongoing controversy within the party over whether and to what extent Democrats should pursue voters who oppose abortion. Democrats for Life advocates for pro-life Democrats and describes itself as “the pro-life voice of the Democratic Party.”

The meeting, which the DNC is setting up at the group’s request, is one of several conversations that Perez is having with pro-choice and pro-life Democrats, an aide to Perez confirmed to The Atlantic….

Red-state and pro-life Democrats denounced Perez’s statement as a litmus test on the issue of abortion. And in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the Mello campaign, prominent Democrats, and the DNC, have suggested that while the party advocates a pro-choice platform, there is room in the “big tent” for pro-life Democrats.

“The party does not believe in a litmus test,” Xochitl Hinojosa, a DNC spokeswoman, said in response to a request for comment. “Our role is to support state parties and candidates up and down the ballot and that’s exactly what we did when we invested in the state party in Nebraska as well as Mello’s campaign.”…

Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats for Life of America, said her organization hopes to make the case during the meeting with Perez that “there needs to be a stronger message from the top of the party on down that we want to include pro-life Democrats in the party.” She added: “that means the party needs to help find pro-life Democratic candidates to run for office, help raise money for them, and help them win.”