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Pro-life Democratic candidates have disappeared, making it harder than ever for faithful Catholics to back the party
According to one American political website, the “abortion debate is over inside the Democratic party.” Just when it seems that Donald Trump may be heading towards a rebuff in the midterm elections, according to those picking over the results of the Pennsylvania special election, analysis of the same contest leads to the conclusion that the Democrats are now the party of so-called abortion rights, and thus the party that does not recognise the rights of the unborn. As the McClatchy website says of the victorious Democrat in Pennsylvania:
Lamb is not an outlier, not anymore. Nine months from Election Day, political veterans eyeing the House landscape struggle to even identify a single Democratic House hopeful — of the hundreds running — who openly opposes abortion rights.
This is surely deeply significant. There used to be pro-life Democrats, but not anymore it seems. To be a pro-life Democratic candidate is now almost impossible because, among other reasons, none of the big donors will fund such a candidate.
So, what does this mean for Catholics, by which of course I mean proper Catholics, Catholics who believe in what the Church teaches about the universal and absolute right to life?
First of all, it means that voting Democrat is now harder than ever. Watching the Presidential campaign from this side of the Atlantic, I was amazed by the resolutely pro-abortion stance of Hillary Clinton. I do not mean that her belief in liberal abortion laws shocked me – far from it, for that was no secret. What shocked and dismayed me was the way that at no time in the campaign did Mrs Clinton ever reach out to pro-lifers or do anything to conciliate them.
There was a time when Democrats did try to acknowledge the concerns of the pro-life movement: we had Bill Clinton talking about abortion being “safe, legal and rare”, which implied that it was not a good thing. And on one occasion, back in 2005, Mrs Clinton herself said that abortion represented a “tragic choice” for many women, and seemed to be seeking some sort of centre ground on the matter. But that seems like a long time ago now. Since then Mrs Clinton and the Democratic party have doubled down on their support for abortion. Nancy Pelosi does not just defend abortion in general, she defends all abortions, it seems, even those which seem the hardest to defend. Her use of the phrase “sacred ground” reveals her support of abortion to be doctrinaire and ideologically driven.
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