Pro-Life Democrat to Democratic Presidential Candidates: Do You Even Want Our Votes?

Pro-life Democrat Kristen Day writes:

I have been a registered Democratic voter since 1988, when I joined the Michigan State University Democrats and volunteered for Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign. I have worked for three Democratic members of Congress on both sides of the abortion divide and have been to every National Democratic Convention since 1996. I support all the major Democratic causes of our day: expanded health care, a living wage and policies that provide more support to families. No one can question my commitment to Democratic cause.

For the same reasons, I am pro-life for the whole life. Abortion not only snuffs out the life of a human being but also worsens modern-day social inequities.

In China and India, where doctors have aborted tens of millions of baby girls for their gender, it entrenches the patriarchy. In the United States, it discriminates lethally against disabled people and threatens to wipe out our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome. It trades violent solutions for a whole-life approach to human life: funding maternal health care, providing child care and improving our abysmal education system. As a pro-union Michigander, my natural home is in the Democratic Party…..

This week, at a town hall in Iowa, I finally had the chance to ask Buttigieg directly whether he would support more moderate platform language to include pro-life Democrats. He refused — twice — to even answer that part of my question and instead focused on his unyielding support for abortion and did not really seem to want the vote from me or people who share my views.

The Democratic Party used to support a position that welcomes pro-life members. The 1996 and 2000 Democratic platforms noted that we are “a party of inclusion” and “we respect the individual conscience of each American on this difficult issue.”

But in 2012, the platform removed the word “rare” in its discussion of abortion and, in 2016, the party officially called for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibit federal health care programs from funding the procedure.

The reality today is that the Democratic Party, hounded by abortion extremists, is deep in the pockets of the pro-choice lobby….

According to Gallup, 59% of Democrats support at least some restrictions on abortion, and 29% actively identify themselves as pro-life….

I want my party back.