The headline on a column in The Wall Street Journal read “Democrats Inch Right on Abortion.” The column was by Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard.
A subhead in the body of the copy said: “Even Nancy Pelosi is open to dissent. But that approach carries risks of its own.”
The column reported that the House Minority Leader, who is Pelosi, said the Democratic Party should not require its candidates to support the right to abortion. The Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed.
The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, said he would be open to funding pro-life candidates in 2018 House races.
eaders in the Democratic Party for decades have been favorable to abortion. Some have tried not to make it a big issue. Others pushed strongly for pro-choice.
Ever since abortion has been legal, the power forces among the Democrats have looked upon abortion as permissible under their liberal agenda. There were many Democrats who disagreed with the party on the abortion issue, but didn’t challenge the leaders. There are Republicans who look favorably on abortion also. However, they, too, didn’t challenge the party on the issue since the majority were anti-abortion.
Last year, Barnes noted, the Democratic platform took a rigid pro-choice position that called for taxpayer funding for abortions. That didn’t sit well with many Democrats who switched to Donald Trump’s generally pro-life position. Pelosi and Schumer realize this now, along with other party leaders. It’s all about votes!
arnes said this: “The Democrats’ recent step to the right on abortion is small but significant. It shows party
leaders have awakened to their weakness on social issues . . . While easing up on pro-life candidates may soften the Democrats’ image as the party of abortion, it brings at least two new troubles of its own.”
Some Democrats in the party powerhouse, especially certain donors, have turned against Pelosi. Planned Parenthood and Naral Pro-Choice America were upset.
Missouri’s Democratic chairman, Stephen Webber, told the Kansas City Star that he is eager to recruit good candidates, and if the only recourse is candidates who oppose abortion, he will settle for them.
Barnes concludes that if Democrats move even slightly, it means the pro-life movement is gaining.
It has taken many years for the pro-life movement to show any significant gains. Republicans control the majority of the state legislatures, and the majority of the legislators are pro-life.
The pro-life people will never give up until abortions are no longer legal. They are in the battle for the long run. They are pleased with yardage gained. But it is the end zone where they want to be. We believe they will reach it. We hope so!