Tom Perez

Of course parties should pick sides on abortion

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Of course parties should pick sides on abortion

Briefly…

There seem to be a lot of Democ­rats com­plain­ing that the leader of the DNC announced there’s no room for pro-​lifers in his party. Most Democ­rats are pro-​choice, but even many of abor­tion­ists are say­ing that the issue is too polar­iz­ing for the party to take such a strict stance that alien­ates a small por­tion of their party. Obvi­ously, pro-​life Democ­rats are furious.

Why should they be? The party has made no secret of their stance on abor­tion in the recent past. Com­ing out and declar­ing that mem­bers of the party need to be pro-​choice is not only expected but wel­comed, at least by those who want to be polit­i­cally hon­est. Being a pro-​life Demo­c­rat is essen­tially say­ing, “I believe in most of what my party believes but I accept they will never do a thing I want them to when it comes to abortion.”

I wouldn’t go so far as to say a “pro-​life Demo­c­rat” is an oxy­moron, but there are clear con­tra­dic­tions. Rather than denounc­ing, I applaud the DNC for stat­ing the truth about them­selves, their ide­ol­ogy, and what they expect from mem­bers. All par­ties should do the same. My mem­ber­ship with the Fed­er­al­ist Party comes fully attached to a pro-​life stance. The vast major­ity in the GOP are either pro-​life or, if they hap­pen to be pro-​choice, accept that they’re not going to get their way on that issue. The Lib­er­tar­ian Party, Green Party, and Con­sti­tu­tion Party have all made their stances known.

This issue is far too impor­tant to leave room for inter­pre­ta­tion within a party. I have no love for Tom Perez or the Democ­rats he rep­re­sents, but again I think it’s best for them to be hon­est to their own mem­ber­ship. The Democ­rats are the pro-​choice major party. To pre­tend oth­er­wise is silly.

Briefly…

There seem to be a lot of Democrats complaining that the leader of the DNC announced there’s no room for pro-lifers in his party. Most Democrats are pro-choice, but even many of abortionists are saying that the issue is too polarizing for the party to take such a strict stance that alienates a small portion of their party. Obviously, pro-life Democrats are furious.

Why should they be? The party has made no secret of their stance on abortion in the recent past. Coming out and declaring that members of the party need to be pro-choice is not only expected but welcomed, at least by those who want to be politically honest. Being a pro-life Democrat is essentially saying, “I believe in most of what my party believes but I accept they will never do a thing I want them to when it comes to abortion.”

I wouldn’t go so far as to say a “pro-life Democrat” is an oxymoron, but there are clear contradictions. Rather than denouncing, I applaud the DNC for stating the truth about themselves, their ideology, and what they expect from members. All parties should do the same. My membership with the Federalist Party comes fully attached to a pro-life stance. The vast majority in the GOP are either pro-life or, if they happen to be pro-choice, accept that they’re not going to get their way on that issue. The Libertarian Party, Green Party, and Constitution Party have all made their stances known.

This issue is far too important to leave room for interpretation within a party. I have no love for Tom Perez or the Democrats he represents, but again I think it’s best for them to be honest to their own membership. The Democrats are the pro-choice major party. To pretend otherwise is silly.