The chairman of the Democratic National Committee believes that Democrat candidates cannot oppose abortion and run for office, marking the first time in history a party leader has said so formally. Advocates for the unborn on both sides of the aisle are voicing their disgust.
In a statement Friday, Tom Perez, who was Secretary of Labor during President Obama’s second term and was elected to head the DNC on Feb. 25, said that “every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health.”
Support for abortion, he continued, is “not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state” and that the party “must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice” in light of Republican and pro-life victories and every level.
“A party chair that describes abortion as a ‘fundamental value’ loses immediate credibility.” said Arina Grossu, who heads the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council at the Washington-based Family Research Council in an email Monday to The CHristian Post.
“The Democratic Party promotes the killing of unborn babies through all 9 months of pregnancy while also demanding that taxpayers pay for it. This abortion platform is so extreme that it led to Trump’s victory. Pro-life Democrats need to stand up and reclaim their party’s platform,” she said.
Perez’s comments followed a back and forth episode between abortion rights advocates like NARAL who were angered with his initial backing of Democratic Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who has a pro-life voting record and was endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life in 2010.
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