Kristen is the executive director of Democrats For Life of America
In January 2020, I attended a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, with Pete Buttigieg, then a Democratic presidential nominee, to ask a very important question.
“Is there room for people like me in the Democratic Party?”
This was at the height of the first season and pro-life Democrats, like me, were looking for a candidate who supported the pro-life voices.
By then we had lost striker Joe Biden.
He reaffirmed his support for the Hyde Amendment, which barred federal funding for most abortions, and in a single day, he came out under pressure and said he was against it.
Author Kristen Day spoke outside the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee on August 15, 2020
Pro-life Democrats were left unwilling to vote when we saw our party constantly moving away from us for many years.
President Bill Clinton said abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.”
But in 2012, the Democratic Party dropped the word ‘weird’ on the party’s official platform from the abortion debate.
President Barack Obama convened Democrats with the goal of reducing abortions.
But in 2016, the party officially approved the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
Hillary Clinton took the party even further to the extreme, advocating for women’s right to abortion until the ninth month of pregnancy.
And sadly, that night in Iowa, Mayor Pete made it clear that pro-life Democrats did not remain allies in the debate.
“In 1996, and many years later, there was a message on the democratic platform that we understand that people have different opinions on this issue, but we are a big tent that includes everyone,” I said that evening. did he say that we all want such a language on democratic platforms? “
In short, his answer was “no”.
“The best I can offer is to disagree on this very important issue and we hope to cooperate on other issues,” he said.
Now, once again, in the midst of a national uproar over a draft Supreme Court ruling suggesting that the constitutional right to abortion could be revoked, 20 million pro-life Democrats are being sidelined.
But as the Democratic Party, by all indications, suffers huge losses in the 2022 term and potentially beyond, pro-life Democrats are asking themselves: Is this really the time to shrink the tent again?
This week President Biden paired anyone who supported Roe’s overthrow with the MAGA extremists.
Really, Mr. President?
As a long-time activist in the life movement, I have worked with a broad coalition for life, including libertarians and independents, religious and secular, brown, white, gay, heterosexual, young and old.
The coalition is broad and a majority would not consider itself in favor of MAGA.
Kristen Day and Hayden Laye, President of the South Carolina Dems for Life and a member of the Young Pro-Life Democrats (YPLD), met outside the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022
I went to a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, with Pete Buttigieg, then a Democratic presidential nominee, to ask a very important question. “Is there room for people like me in the Democratic Party?” (Above) Buttigieg was interviewed by moderator Chris Wallace on January 26, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa.
We are united in our mission to protect the life of the unborn child and to give all pregnant women the opportunity and support to bring new life into the world.
We want the government (and society at large) to support pregnant women and unborn children, as well as support mothers and their children after birth.
We want the government to provide financial support to fathers, mothers and unmarried people so that they can start families while they have meaningful and affirming jobs and careers.
We advocate universal access to health so that people do not have to choose between life and death, between food and medicine.
We seek the end of the death penalty and the near-cultural death penalty for convicted offenses that served their purpose but prevented them from entering society.
Above all, pro-life Democrats want to return this important question to the people, not to an unelected jury.
We want our society to move forward from this divisive struggle and finally focus our attention on helping women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
But recent actions by President Biden and DNC President Jamie Harrison’s refusal to meet with elected Democrats for life have made the democratic family more divided and hospitable with pro-life voices.
This is not just a bad policy, it is a bad policy.
When Biden was a U.S. senator, there were 125 pro-life Democrats in the U.S. House and we had a strong majority of 292 seats.
The numbers have dwindled as major political parties have begun to take a clear stand for and against the protection of their newborns.
A decade ago, West Virginia Democrats had a strong majority, with 79 Democratic State Representatives compared to 21 Republican members.
The West Virginia State Senate had a Democratic majority with 28 Democrats and only six Republicans.
Now that these numbers are flipping, Republicans are making big profits in the state.
For the first time in history, there are more registered Republicans than there are registered Democrats in West Virginia.
In the last election cycle, eleven regions went from blue to red.
West Virginia is not the only state with this major change.
The number of Republicans in the state legislature is growing as pro-life Democrats are being ousted and Republicans are being hired using a big tent marketing strategy.
Last month, a chairman of the Democratic Committee for Life joined the Republican Party in an attempt to oust the Democratic Party of New Jersey from his duly elected office.
Another pro-life and 2nd Amendment Democrat changed his party affiliation to the Independent.
Now is not the time to exclude and alienate allied Democrats.
Author Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America
Roe v. With this week’s news about Wade, we need to find a common ground and find solutions that will address the concerns and needs of women and children during pregnancy and beyond.
Democrats helped build social safety nets. Now we need to move on and work together to spread them.
Women deserve better than abortion. This means better education, better information, better resources and better social safety nets. Pro-life Democrats support all of these things.
So I’m going to ask you the same thing I asked Joe Biden, Pete Buttigiega: Is there room in the Democratic Party for pro-life voters?
After accusing us of being MAGA extremists, a simple “yes” is not valid.
We need a real structural change and a clear directive within our party. We need to get rid of the pro-abortion ploy of Democratic candidates.
Biden worked on a platform to unite a nation. Instead, it seems to be doubling the divisive strategy that is removing people from the Democratic Party.
Mr. President – 20 million Americans like me are in favor of life. You need our votes: CHRIST’S DAY
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