A major Missouri newspaper that in 2016 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president has denounced the state Democratic Party’s recent reversal on its decision to welcome pro-lifers.
Last Saturday, Missouri Democrats opted to remove an amendment to their party platform welcoming opponents of legalized abortion into their ranks.
The Kansas City Star’s editorial board denounced the recent decision of the state Democratic Party in a column published Monday, stating that “the welcome mat has been taken back inside.”
“It tossed out the offending paragraph welcoming abortion dissenters. And in the process, needlessly offended some of the many Democrats — 28 percent, according to the most recent national Gallup polling — who call themselves pro-life,” said the editorial board.
“[This] strikes us as especially self-defeating with the November midterms dead ahead. When Democrats say the republic is at stake, and democracy itself, do they mean it? If they do, this is an odd time for purity tests.”
The Star editors quoted one attendee for the Saturday vote, who explained that he felt “disenfranchised” and that he “wasn’t welcome.”
In June, Missouri Democrats added an amendment to their platform that, while affirming support for legal abortion, nevertheless welcomed pro-life candidates into their party.
“We respect the conscience of each Missourian and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion,” stated the amendment.
“We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and welcome into our ranks all Missourians who may hold differing positions on this issue.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski