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Have We Seen the End of Anti-Abortion Democrats?

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When I taught at a Catholic elementary school in Spanish Harlem in the 1970s, I quoted to my African American and Puerto Rican students what the Rev. Jesse Jackson said about abortion: It was genocide against black people.

Sen. Ted Kennedy also railed against abortion, as did virtually every Democrat.

The pro abortion rights party was the Republicans, home to WASP elites like the Rockefellers who saw abortion as a way to resolve "the urban problem."

That's why their lavish funding of Planned Parenthood wound up establishing clinics in minority neighborhoods.

But by the end of the 1970s, the parties flipped: Republicans became anti-abortion and the Democrats became pro abortion rights.

They did so due to religious reasons.

Evangelicals, most of whom were Republicans, supported Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). They did so largely because Catholics, most of whom were Democrats, were anti-abortion. But they quickly got over their irrational opposition and, by the time Ronald Reagan became president, they joined the anti-abortion cause.

In the Democratic party, feminists took command and drove out the anti-abortion Catholic leadership. This pushed more Catholics to join the Republican Party.

In the subsequent decades, the number of pro-abortion Republicans and the number of pro-life Democrats dwindled, though there was some room left for pro-life Democrats. Now that is over. What happened last week marked the end of pro-life Democrats.

Charles Camosy is am anti-abortion Democrat who teaches at Fordham University.

He resigned last week from the board of Democrats for Life in America because the party has left him with "no choice." Bishop Thomas Tobin, who heads the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, asked on Feb. 4, "Are pro-life voters not welcome in the Democratic party?"

They are not.

On SaturdayFeb. 8, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., said, "I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat."

Does that mean that all abortions are justified, including those where the baby is just about to be born? Yes. Are there any Democrats running for president who draw the line when it comes to partial-birth abortion? No.

During Friday's debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Joe Biden both endorsed congressional legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade should the U.S. Supreme Court reverse this decision. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she would only appoint judges who supported Roe.

Pete Buttigieg, who is unemployed, had a chance at a Fox News town hall to carve out a more moderate position, but refused to do so. He previously said that "life begins at breath," and stuck to his guns regarding the moral legitimacy of killing a baby who is 80 percent born.

In May 2018, a Gallup poll found that 13 percent support third-term abortions. Why, then, would not one Democrat running for president agree with the 87 percent of Americans who say late-term abortions are indefensible?

Four years ago, Hillary Clinton hurt herself badly when she defended partial-birth abortion in a debate with Donald Trump.

Apparently, nothing has been learned from that experience.

There was a time when then- N.Y. Sen.  Daniel Patrick Moynihan and New York City Mayor Ed Koch, both Democrats and supporters of Roe, said "count me out" when it comes to late-term abortions. Now the Democrats have become the "count me in" party, the consequences of which will soon be known.

Dr. William Donohue is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The publisher of the Catholic League journal, Catalyst, Donohue is a former Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and served for two decades on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars. He is the author of eight books, and the winner of several teaching awards and many awards from the Catholic community. Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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