The Democratic Party is suffering from many internal rifts – socialism vs. capitalism, single-payer medical care or a government option, impeach the president or vote him out of office. But one of the largest fallings-out is one hardly anyone is talking about.
It was a telling moment at a Pete Buttigieg town hall meeting on Sunday. Kristen Day, a pro-life Democrat, asked the Democratic candidate if there was any room in the part for her:
Day: "I am a proud pro-life Democrat. Do you want the support of pro-life Democratic voters? There are about 21 million of us. The Democratic platform contains language that basically says that we don't belong – [that] we have no part in the party."
Buttigieg's answer was evasive, but clear:
Buttigieg: "I support the position of my party that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone …. [T]he best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues."
Day, who is executive director of Democrats for Life of America, told Fox News that answer wasn't satisfactory.
Democrats on Abortion
"We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion – regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured ….
"We will continue to oppose – and seek to overturn – federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman's access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment ….
"We recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education and a full range of family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions."
Excerpts from the
2016 Democratic Party platform
OneNewsNow asked Day how she derived that large number of pro-life Democrats. "One-third of Democrats identify as pro-life. When you look at the number of Democratic voters in this nation and you take a third of that, it's 21 million," she says.
Day says pro-life Democrats stay with the party because they agree with it on other issues – like healthcare, affordable child care, or climate change; but most are very frustrated, she adds.
"We're seeing more and more of this litmus test against pro-life Democrats – and the more they do that, the more pro-life Democrats are going to leave," she predicts. "People keep leaving, and I have to stay and fight. We cannot let the party become an abortion party."
Earlier today, Day tweeted: "People say I should leave the Democratic Party. Pro-life voters leaving the Party led to the current push for abortion extremism. I am going to stay and fight. Join me in taking the Party back from the abortion lobby."