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Democrats Accelerate Efforts to Purge Pro-Lifers From the Party in 2020

Democrats Accelerate Efforts to Purge Pro-Lifers From the Party in 2020

A growing number of pro-choice Democrats are telling their pro-life colleagues that their days in office are numbered. But will their strategy work?

In the aftermath of the fetal heartbeat bills that were recently signed into law in Georgia and Alabama (Missouri will likely be next), enraged Democratic party politicians and pro-abortion groups are making one thing increasingly clear: Pro-life Democrats who hold elected office should be purged from the party.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a 2020 candidate for president, told the Washington Post on Wednesday that being pro-abortion should be a “non-negotiable” position in the Democratic party:

“As a party, we should be 100 percent pro-choice, and it should be nonnegotiable,” Gillibrand said in our interview. “We should not settle for less, and if our party cannot support women’s basic human rights, their fundamental freedoms to make decisions about their bodies and their futures, then we are not the party of women. … I will not compromise on women’s reproductive freedom.”

The senator attributes the more strident tone to the fact that more women are participating in politics, and they are more passionate about protecting their rights than the men who used to call the shots in the party. “I think women’s voices are being heard now more than ever,” said Gillibrand. “Women are feeling self-empowered. I don’t think they’re going to take excuses anymore, and I don’t think they’re going to support candidates that don’t believe they should get to make those fundamentally personal decisions.”

One target of this “you’re with us or you’re the enemy” strategy is Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3), a pro-life Democrat who is facing a primary challenge from Marie Newman, the same woman who tried to primary him in 2018.

Gillibrand endorsed Newman’s primary campaign in 2018 and endorsed her again last month:

“She’s got a tough race in front of her, but I promise you, Marie will represent her district better, and she will represent all of us better,” Gillibrand said. Moments earlier, Newman had endorsed Gillibrand’s presidential campaign.

Lipinski, one of just three House Democrats who regularly co-sponsors antiabortion legislation, has faced primary challenges in three of his eight elections.

Fellow 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also endorsed Newman in 2018, but he hasn’t weighed in on the 2020 primary yet.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA-17) is also not on board with Lipinski winning another term:

House Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7) told reporters during a press conference on Friday that the party—including the DCCC—should embrace primary challenges to its pro-life members:

Jayapal issued a warning Friday to any Democratic colleagues who were not pro-abortion rights, saying they could see money and support disappear and instead pour into the campaigns of their primary challengers in the 2020 election cycle.

“I think we should allow for strong primary challenges, so that people can really put their Democratic chops on the line, if you will, and let the Democratic voters decide who they want,” she told a small group of reporters.


“I understand that the DCCC is funded by—we are a membership organization—it’s funded by our members. And I understand that the DCCC is often going to try to protect the incumbent,” Jayapal said. “But I do think we have to look at all of these issues and think about what it means to be a Democrat.”

Slate noted in a post-election article last year how the number of Democratic pro-lifers in the House and Senate keeps getting smaller with every election cycle:

Shortly after the anti-abortion group Democrats for Life of America was founded in the late 1990s, its website listed more than 40 members of Congress it had identified as pro-life. Back then, it wasn’t hard to find Democrats in public office who opposed abortion legislation, or at least spoke comfortably about their own anti-abortion convictions.

As late as 2009, anti-choice Democrats had enough sway in Congress to hold up the Affordable Care Act until they were allowed to vote on a ban on taxpayer-funded abortions.

Times have changed. This year, Democrats for Life found only seven candidates to endorse in both chambers of Congress combined. And the ranks of pro-life Democrats in Congress dwindled yet again on Tuesday night, when Sen. Joe Donnelly lost decisively to Republican businessman Mike Braun in Indiana.

Here in North Carolina, state Sen. Don Davis, a Democrat, voted along with five other Democrats in the state legislature for a pro-life bill designed to protect babies who survive an abortion attempt. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoed the legislation, but Davis was the lone Democrat to vote with Senate Republicans on the April 30th to override Cooper’s veto.

Davis’s vote was key to making the Senate’s override successful. The N.C. House has not yet taken up the override issue.

State Sen. Natasha Marcus (D) called out Davis on Twitter over his vote, saying he “betrayed women”:

Feminist groups vowed to primary him:

Former state Sen. Joel Ford, a moderate Democrat who has said he feels like he no longer has a political home, slammed the pro-abortion group Lillian’s List for their attack on Davis:

Whether or not these groups are successful in purging pro-life Democrats from the party remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: The Democratic party has become not just the party of abortion, but the party of abortion extremism.

In the aftermath of New York Democrats cheerfully celebrating completely decriminalizing abortion in January and in response to Va. Gov. Ralph Northam’s and Va. House Delegate Kathy Tran’s disturbing remarks on infanticide just a short time after that, Republicans decided to push back in force. They effectively painted pro-choice Democrats as heartless ghouls who were okay with letting a baby who survived an abortion attempt die as long as the financial support from Planned Parenthood and NARAL kept rolling in.

So far, the GOP’s messaging on this issue is working. Even the New York Times noticed.

If Republicans continue to be successful in exposing the pro-choice left, these abortion rights groups and their Congressional allies like Jayapal and Khanna might find that ousting pro-life Democrats from office will be a lot harder than they thought.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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caseoftheblues | May 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Democrats are finally admitting they really are socialists/Communists….now it’s time for them to come clean that they are actually fascists.

Socialist, communist, fascist – fascist is preferable: you’re allowed a lifestyle, if you can earn it. And you live.

even the phake demon-rats who try to go by the pro-life label should be ousted by these extremists… e. g. casey & cartwright in penna… “waiter: bring a set of utensils, please” itll be interesting to watch the left consume their own…. something casey & cartwright so richly deserve… #WalkAway? they walked away from me… so i proudly left

JusticeDelivered | May 18, 2019 at 6:09 pm

All those women in the picture look like they are unlikely to have any need for abortions.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I was thinking the same thing. There are graphics posted in comments at other sites, showing a collecton of pictures. Conservative women, and leftist* women. Obviously the images are biased but they show plain, and ugly women as leftists, and pretty (or beautiful) women as conservative.

    In life, I generally find this is so. There are exceptions. My staunchly Democrat mother was quite attractive in her day, for example.

    Firewatch in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 19, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Or birth control.

The cats in hats are dancing on freshly sequestered human clumps of carbon. How very green. Save Planned Parenthood Federation et al, select or recycle a child, today.

Would it be untoward to suggest that they plan themselves?

Perhaps, yes. #HateLovesAbortion

Save our abortion chambers. Kneel to deny life and arms to babies without voices.

DieJustAsHappy | May 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm

As the purge continues, presumably, their Little Red Book will be out in time for the DNC Convention.

I believe we should allow late term abortions for democrats.
And seeing as their elected terms are almost up…….their families should make them comfortable while they discuss whether or not to keep them.

My body, my choice? One would suppose that if this is truly the case (no human rights for the baby or the father), that these groups should also advocate for fathers not having to pay child support. Right? Logical? If it is your body and your choice, why should a “fsther” have to pay child support? His body his choice, why pay for 18 years when you could have had an abortion, 100% your choice. Just my thoughts as a logical extension of the “my body, my choice” argument. Not that I advocate such a position, nor am I in such a position.

Stipulated Fate | May 19, 2019 at 4:13 am

Echo chamber much?

The left wants submission, blind fealty, nothing else.

Stipulated Fate | May 19, 2019 at 4:13 am

Echo chamber much?

The left wants submission, blind fealty, nothing else.

I find it utterly fascinating that the Dems accuse the Republicans of having a ‘pro-life’ litmus test in such negative ways and then go right on and impose a pro-abortion test on their own. You really can’t make this stuff up.

What I love (in a selfish political sense) is that the Democrats seem to have settled on a campaign message that, once again, “They’re uniters, not dividers.”

This is almost laugh out loud funny because that’s the message they picked since 2008 and the left has could never stick with it. Instead they can’t help themselves; they have to demonstrate they’re angry, hateful people. What did the Democrats call any white person who wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama in 2008? A racist. No I just read his platform, particularly the part he was going to “help” small business. The help he promised was basically to kneecap me then put a bullet in the back of my head.

In case you don’t know what kneecapping is during the Irish Troubles if the warring sides suspected you were a traitor or a snitch they’d put a bullet through your kneecaps.

I guess only a racist doesn’t want to be kneecapped by a black man, then shot execution-style. Because the constant refrain from BHO’s surrogates was that the only reason I wouldn’t vote for him is because I’m a racist. Or as BHO put it himself, a bitter clinger, clinging to my by Bible, my guns, and xenophobia. Take your pick. But what an uplifting, unifying message it was in those days.

During the 2012 election the Democrats decided to go full Jim Crow/back to slavery threats. The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus was running around the country telling every black audience he could find I wanted to bring back the lynching tree. Biden when him one better: “They gonna put y’all back in chains. I mean it.”

During the 2016 campaign I was a deplorable. And, BTW, Mr. If-want-someone-who-will-divide-us-you-don’t-need-me-you-already-have-a-President-like-that Biden is up to his old tricks. Earlier this month, May 2019, he’s speaking before a black audience I Columbia, S.C., and Biden tells them that, “Jim Crow is sneakin’ back in.”

And here the Democrats are having an ideological purge. But it’s conservatives who are the angry voices of exclusion. Meanwhile, the left is telling everyone that if they aren’t in complete lockstep with their ideology you will be excluded from their inclusive society. Sort of like when Gov. Cuomo said conservatives don’t have a place in New York.

Don’t you just feel the love and tolerance flowing from the left? I’m feeling it.