The presidential primary season is now in full swing, with attention focused on the Democratic Party’s contest to pick its challenger to President Donald Trump.

And while it’s far too early to predict the Democratic winner, one lamentable fact is already beyond dispute: The party, which for many decades commanded the political loyalties of the majority of Catholic voters, remains poles apart from the Church’s teaching about the sanctity of human life, with respect to abortion.

In fact, the primary campaign has seen the party venture even further into pro-abortion absolutism than in previous presidential election cycles. All of the candidates have endorsed wholeheartedly the party’s abortion-rights orthodoxy, with current front-runner Bernie Sanders taking the most extreme position of all. Speaking at a Feb. 8 campaign forum hosted by abortion activists, he declared support for abortion “is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.”

But Sanders’ “pro-lifers aren’t welcome” declaration is only marginally more extreme than the stance of Pete Buttigieg, who, unlike Sanders, is often represented as a Democratic moderate. When asked at a town hall in January by Democrats for Life’s president, Kristen Day, whether he wanted the support of pro-life Democratic voters like herself, Buttigieg dismissively replied, “I am pro-choice. And I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision.” ….

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