Should Democrats support pro-life candidates?
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Should Democrats support pro-life candidates?

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A pro-life Democrat just narrowly won his Illinois primary, despite the pushback from establishment Democrats. Some advocates want the Democratic Party to amend its platform and accept pro-life candidates, arguing it will make the party more competitive in red states. But after Doug Jones—who is unapologetically pro-choice—won in Alabama, many are questioning the argument that Democrats need to soften their stance on abortion. Reproductive freedom should be non-negotiable. What do you think? 🚺

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Pro-life Democrat Dan Lipinski narrowly won his Illinois primary despite pushback from many high-profile Democrats. In addition to his pro-life stance, Lipinski voted against same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Many feel conservative Democrats like Lipinski have no place in the party anymore.

Marie Newman, who was little-known when she decided to challenge Lipinski for the seat he inherited from his father, had backing from progressive groups as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District by 9 points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary.
Although the Blue Dog caucus of moderate and conservative Democrats of which Lipinski is a part already has dwindled in recent years, his close nomination fight could embolden liberals in other races across the country. She campaigned as the “true Democrat,” blasting Lipinski for opposing abortion and voting against same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul.

Many high-profile Democrats openly opposed Lipinksi.

Planned Parenthood also attacked Lipinski.

But many advocacy groups supported Lipinski, arguing the Democratic Party should include pro-life candidates.

In 2016, the Democratic Party adopted a platform that was hailed by many as "the best ever for reproductive freedom." But after suffering a devastating electoral loss, some in the party began asking Democratic leadership to be more open to candidates who oppose abortion.

Pro-choice activists within the party are outraged the Democratic Party would consider "selling out women" for political gain and believe weakening the party's stance on reproductive freedom is the wrong path forward.

“The Democratic Party has and will always include people who don’t personally believe that abortion is an option for them or their families. But the Democratic Party should draw the line on supporting legislators or candidates who seek to impose their personal views on their constituents and the country."

But others argue Democrats are limiting themselves with their staunch pro-choice stance, and will never succeed as a national party if they aren't willing to listen to pro-life liberals.

If the Democratic Party is to become a truly national party — one that can win consistently outside of urban, coastal America — it has no choice but to welcome people with different views on abortion. The number of voters who cite abortion as their single-most-important issue is the highest in the history of Gallup’s poll. This group is dominated by pro-lifers.

Ahead of the Alabama Senate election, many worried Doug Jones would lose to Roy Moore because of his pro-choice stance.

But after Doug Jones won, pro-choice Democrats argued Jones' victory proved Democrats don't need to abandon their commitment to reproductive freedom.

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