Pro-life Democrats — yes, they do exist — are pushing back against efforts to purge any member of the party that does not support abortion, saying Democratic leaders are “completely wrong” here.
This coming after Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., suggested Friday that a Democrat who isn’t pro-abortion shouldn’t be financially supported by the party and should get “strong primary challenges.”
“Personally, I do think there should be a core set of Democratic ideals that we all agree to,” Jayapal said. “That you can’t say you’re a Democrat if you’re against immigrants, if you’re against abortion, if you’re against gay marriage, LGBTQ rights.”
Jayapal’s remarks were apparently directed at Rep. Daniel Lipinskian, D-Ill., a pro-life incumbent lawmaker who defeated a progressive, pro-abortion challenger.
Further suggesting that a purge could be in the works, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a Progressive Caucus member, called out the DCCC in a tweet for supporting Lipinksi.
The Democrat tweeted: “At a time when Roe v Wade is under threat with the Alabama law, the last person the DCCC should be supporting is Lipinski who does not believe in constitutional reproductive rights. It’s demeaning to women across this nation.”
At a time when Roe v Wade is under threat with the Alabama law, the last person the DCCC should be supporting is Lipinski who does not believe in constitutional reproductive rights. It’s demeaning to women across this nation. https://t.co/a0sz7KvqZ5
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) May 16, 2019
But Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats for Life of America, is not too pleased with the stance.
Appearing on Fox & Friends Monday, Day said Jayapal was “completely wrong and trying to redefine what it means to be a Democrat.”
“Democrats have, historically, tried to protect the underdog, those who need assistance, the vulnerable,” she explained. “And again, we hear this over and over again, but who is more vulnerable than an infant in the womb? That baby is so worthy of protection and protection of the Democratic Party, and she’s absolutely wrong on that front.”
In response to recent polling from Marist that shows 60 percent of Democrats believe abortion should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy, Day said there was a “small minority” in the party pushing for the right to kill a baby up to the moment of birth.
“I think there’s a small minority of Democrats who are really vocal and really pushing the party to take this abortion extremism the distance, and it’s really out of touch,” she said.
“The time is now for pro-life Democrats to start standing up and saying, ‘No, enough.'”
According to Day, there are 21 million pro-life Democrats in the U.S., and she said “a lot of them are afraid to speak up” — which speaks volumes about the intolerance of hard-left progressives and how they bully those who disagree with them.
Even in their own party, which would make for an interesting news angle, but for the complicit media.
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