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By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews, March 22, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic politicians face pressure from party leaders and powerful lobbying groups to support radical left-wing policies, including late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions.
Some Democratic activists are warning the party that it is alienating voters with its extreme policies on abortion, and it’s time to welcome back pro-life Democrats.
In a recent interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Kristen Day of Democrats for Life said the party has been fighting for the billion-dollar abortion industry, not voters.
“This abortion position is the most extreme it has ever been,” Day said. “They’re all fighting for the abortion lobby vote and that could turn around and hurt them all in the general election.”
“Safe, legal, and rare is something most pro-life Democrats could accept, but paying for abortion up to nine months with federal funds is extreme,” she said, noting that the party platform now supports taxpayer-funded abortions.
“When you talk about abortion extremism you’re going to lose votes, particularly the one-third of Democrats who identify as pro-life and think life is worth protecting,” Day continued.
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Day said she knows many Democrats who did not vote in the 2016 presidential election after the party embraced a platform supporting taxpayer-funded abortions.
“We’ve received lots of calls from Democrats who oppose late-term, but still are in favor of first trimester abortions,” she told the Beacon. “I’m expecting that number to keep growing.”
Even Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi seem to acknowledge that extreme pro-abortion policies are a losing issue. A lengthy New York Times piece about the midterm election highlighted a party leadership strategy that helped Democrats win back the House last fall: Pelosi told candidates, “Don’t talk about abortion,”
But Democrat leaders did not moderate their position. Instead, they chose to hide their radical pro-abortion policies behind the empty rhetoric of “choice” and “health care” – and then voted against protections for viable, late-term born and unborn babies.
Moderate Democratic candidates say they feel the pressure to conform with the party’s increasingly radical left-wing agenda, too.
According to a recent national poll by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.