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Some Dems Courting Pro-life Voters to Widen Base

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Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 02:35 PM

As Democrats begin preparations to try and win back control of Congress in midterm elections, some are warning that being a party so overwhelmingly identified as pro-choice is keeping away those in Republican states who may otherwise consider voting for them, Roll Call reported on Tuesday.

"It's created a real and unnecessary divide," Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur said, adding that "Our party ought to be a very big tent party and welcome people from all persuasions."

Some Democrats argue that their economic message resonates quite well in red states, but their rigidity on social issues such as supporting a women's right to an abortion prevents them from gaining a broader following and thus dooming their electoral chances.

But for many Democrats, defending abortion rights is part of an important commitment to protect the right of women over their own body and very few congressmen representing the party are willing or able to back away from that.

Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats for Life, disputes that mindset, explaining her views in an interview with Crux.

"Back 30 years ago, one's position on abortion did not determine if you were a Democrat or a Republican," Day told Crux. "Abortion politics gradually infected both parties until we have reached an all-time high with respect to the politicization of the issue. While a majority of the country is in the middle, the Republican Party has become the 'pro-life' party and the Democrats have become the 'abortion' party. If the Democratic Party were to adopt a position of moderation and inclusiveness, they would be unstoppable."

However, some point out that a major problem in adopting Day's suggestion is that Democrats for Life' political action committee only spends a tiny fraction of the money than the PAC of Emily's List, which has made supporting abortion rights its litmus test for backing female candidates.

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