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The Hill: Few Democrats Are Anti-Abortion

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By    |   Friday, 04 Aug 2017 10:47 AM

Amid a debate on whether Democrats should support candidates who oppose abortion —contrary to the party's pro-choice national platform — few Democrats appear to be opposed to it.

Six members of the House Democratic caucus voted for a 20-week abortion ban in 2013 and only three of those remain in office, The Hill is reporting. 

Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, Collin Peterson, D-Minn. and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., remain. Lipinski and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. are the only Democrats on the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, the website reports.

And in 2016, only one, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, got less than a 100-percent rating with NARAL Pro-Choice America.

None of the Democratic contenders in Republican areas are saying they are pro-life, and Lipinski is facing a challenger who is using his opposition against him, according to The Hill.

Marie Newman, a Democratic activist, said Lipinski was "a crusader for being against women's rights."

James Zogby, national advisory board member of Democrats for Life of America, told The Hill the numbers used to be much higher.

"Back in the early '90s, when we had 290 members of the House, we had 100-something pro-life Democrats. Today, we've got three or four pro-life Democrats," he said.

In April, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that "of course" someone in the Democratic Party could be opposed to abortion, but the question arose over whether members must subscribe to the party's platform to be a member.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., told The Hill his party would not impose the abortion question on potential Democratic candidates.

"We'll need a broad coalition . . . we'll have to be a big family in order to win the House back," said Lujan, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

On Wednesday, progressive groups including NARAL and Emily's List issued a statement slamming Democrats who wavered on the issue.

"Our basic rights and freedoms are under assault daily from the Trump administration. The Democratic Party cannot give an inch in their opposition to this administration. That is true across the board and especially true when it comes to abortion rights," said Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

However, some Democratic strategists are concerned that the party will keep losing ground in more conservative areas over the issue.

"We have not made an effort to cultivate a farm team in the south and rural areas where pro-life Dems used to come from," one strategist told The Hill.

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