A pro-life contingent of the Democrat Party pushed for the reversal of the 1973 landmark decision Roe v. Wade this week and wondered – much to the dismay of the radical left who have been organizing protests across the country in order to promote their belief that a woman is entitled to rip a baby from her womb – if the party had room for advocates for life.
Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America penned an article for The Daily Mail on Friday to dispel the idea that the pro-life crowd is made up solely of supporters of former President Donald Trump and claimed that she represented 20 million pro-life Democrats with similar views on abortion.
She recalled the 2020 primary season when she asked then-Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg “a very important question” in hopes that she could find a pro-life Democrat to support.
“Is there room for me in the Democratic Party?” she asked, knowing that then-presidential candidate Joe Biden was lost to the abortion fanatics as he declared his opposition to the Hyde Amendment a single day after previously supporting it.
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Day noted that “Pro-life Democrats were left without anyone wanting their vote after we watched for years as our party steadily moved away from us.”
She recalled that the party was inclusive of her organization’s beliefs as recently as under the administration of President Bill Clinton who said that “abortions should be ‘safe, legal and rare,” but lamented that they dropped the word “rare” from its messages as recently as 2012 before fully embracing opening the door to federal abortion funding through the repeal of the Hyde Amendment in 2016.
In speaking with Buttigieg, Day’s fears were confirmed after she inquired whether Democrats would be open to inclusive language to encompass pro-life beliefs.
“In 1996, and several years after that, there was language in the Democratic platform that said that we understand that people have differing views on this issue, but we are a big-tent party that includes everybody,” Day asked the politician. “Would you be open to language like that in the Democratic platform that really did say that our party is diverse and inclusive, and we want everybody?’
Day summarized his answer as a big fat “no.”
“The best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues,” he replied at the time.
She also called out candidate for U.S. Senate Tim Ryan on social media for his equally disappointing view on abortion.
Oh @TimRyan I am so disappointed in you. The answer is yes. There should be reasonable regulations and limits to abortion. Again, you can’t heal the country when you take the position that abortion should be legal until birth. The abortion lobby owns you! So sad.
— Kristen Day (@ProLifeDem) May 4, 2022
Despite Biden’s claim this week that anyone seeking to overturn Roe was a MAGA extremist, Day explained that as a “long-time activist in the pro-life movement,” she had “worked with a wide coalition of pro-lifers, including Libertarians and independents, the religious and secular, brown, white, gay, straight, young and old.”
“The coalition is broad and a majority would not consider themselves MAGA supporters,” Day said.
Looking for an answer to the same question she asked Buttigieg, she asked Biden, “Is there room in the Democrat party for pro-life voters?”
She clarified that “after accusing us of being MAGA extremist, a simple ‘yes’ won’t work.”
“We need real structural change within our party and a clear directive,” Day said. “We must get rid of the pro-abortion litmus test for Democratic candidates.”
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