A top Democratic Party leader made waves this week when he said the pro-abortion party will not deny funding to candidates who are pro-life.
The statement seems like a step in the right direction for a party that has grown increasingly pro-abortion. But the problem is that pro-life Democratic politicians are almost non existent today, and some who describe their position as pro-life rarely vote that way. So, while the party may be willing to support pro-life Democrats, other pressures appear to be keeping them from holding office.
The Hill reports none of the Democratic candidates in the most contested races so far this fall are pro-life.
Several who are up for re-election, including U.S. Sens. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Joe Donnelly from Indiana, will receive party support; however, the three politicians do not have strong pro-life voting records.
Donnelly and Casey had just a 20-percent pro-life voting record in 2013-2014, while Manchin voted pro-life 50-percent of the time, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
Casey and Manchin especially have faced harsh criticism for supporting Planned Parenthood, which aborts more unborn babies than any other group in the U.S. and receives millions of taxpayer dollars each year. Embroiled in scandal after scandal involving aborted babies body parts, Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors, many Americans want to see the abortion chain defunded.While Manchin recently sat down with pro-lifers to discuss the issue, Casey appears to be steadfast in his support of the No. 1 abortion business in the nation.
Earlier this year, Casey claimed he supports Planned Parenthood funding because the abortion chain “reduces abortions.” He ignored how, earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer for an increase in tax funding if they stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are the priority of Planned Parenthood.