At a recent town hall event in Iowa, one Democrat presidential primary candidate revealed just how far into abortion extremism the anti-Life Democrats have committed themselves. While answering questions at a Fox News town hall, Pete Buttigieg, Democrat candidate from South Bend, Indiana, was confronted by Kristen Day. Day, the head of Democrats for Life, questioned Buttigieg about the extreme platform for the Democratic Party and asked if the votes of Pro-Life Democrats were welcome.
“I am a proud Pro-Life Democrat,” Day opened her question to Buttigieg, “So, do you want the support of Pro-Life Democrats, Pro-Life Democratic voters? There are about 21 million of us, and if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?”
Buttigieg did not beat around the bush in rejecting Day’s support. He responded, “I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision.” Attempting to soften the appearance of his extreme anti-Life position, Buttigieg, who refuses to endorse any abortion restrictions, continued, “But I know that the difference of opinion that you and I have is one that we have come by honestly. And the best that I can offer — and it may win your vote, and if not, I understand. The best that I can offer is that, if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line. And in my view, it’s the woman who is faced with that decision in her own life.”
Buttigieg’s response is deceitful. Of course, Pro-Life Democrats also care about mothers in abortion decisions. Their position, as any Pro-Lifer’s position, is not arrived at by a desire to harm mothers but instead to protect innocent human Life that can legally be killed violently in the womb. The Fox News town hall host Chris Wallace asked Day if she was satisfied with Buttigieg’s response. Day replied, “I was not because he didn’t answer the second part of my question. The Democratic platform contains language that basically says that we don’t belong, we have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months; the government should pay for it. And there’s nothing that says that people that have a diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party.”
In recent years, the Democrat Party, at the bidding of the abortion lobby, has taken an increasingly radical position on abortion. Anti-Life party leadership has said in no uncertain terms that Pro-Life candidates will not receive support. Of the major candidates in the Democrat presidential primary, not even one would agree that there should be restrictions on abortion at any time in all nine months of pregnancy. The one primary candidate who dared used the outdated line that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare” caused outrage and received harsh criticism from the abortion mob for this so-called “moderate” position that the killing of preborn children should be “rare.”
Despite pressure, Buttigieg refused to amend his answer to Day. Defending unrestricted, taxpayer funding of abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, Buttigieg said, “I support the position of my party that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone.”
In an op-ed about her experience, Day wrote that Democrats for Life approached all of the Democrat candidates and though Buttigieg would be the most likely “to understand pro-life Democrats and welcome us.” His response was disappointing for the group, to say the least. Day writes, “He [Buttigieg] refused — twice — to even answer that part of my question and instead focused on his unyielding support for abortion and did not really seem to want the vote from me or people who share my views.” Once again, the anti-Life Democrats have demonstrated that their extreme position will allow no respect and protection for preborn Life. Democrats for Life have been told their support is not welcome, despite the fact that a mere 6% of Americans support the extreme position taken by the Democrat Party. What Day’s exchange with Buttigieg has clarified is that if Americans are serious about ending the single greatest injustice of our age—abortion—they cannot in good conscience cast a vote for the anti-Life party in bed with the abortion industry.