Charles C. Camosy on the National Fall and Local Rise of Pro-Life Democrats

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks at a campaign rally for Pennsylvania candidates in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Charles C. Camosy is on the board of Democrats for Life and author of the forthcoming book “Resisting Throwaway Culture.” The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.

The evisceration of pro-life Democrats from Congress is all but complete. Attacked by both Democrats and Republicans and pro-life and pro-choice activists, most of these legislators have been either forced to change their views or defeated at the ballot box.

The handful who remain may not be long for this political world. The fundraising group EMILY’s List and other abortion-rights organizations are targeting pro-life Democrats such as Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, who barely squeaked by in the last election. It is likely only a matter of time before party orthodoxy on abortion expels yet another heretic from its midst.

The most disappointing former pro-life Democrat, however, has been the senior senator from Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Jr.

Casey’s father, a beloved Democratic governor of the Keystone State, was a bona fide leader of the pro-life movement. I’ve defended his son in the past, even recently suggesting he should run for president in a wide open pro-life lane in 2020.

Though he has taken some good anti-abortion votes and been very helpful when it comes to addressing abortion demand, recent disturbing news demonstrates that he has also been forced to capitulate to party dogma. Last week, Politico reported that Casey had attended and supported EMILY’s List’s annual gala, which is a little like a pig attending a hot dog convention. One the group’s reasons for being is to defeat pro-life Democrats.

Important reporting on this story by found that EMILY’s List donated $500 to Casey’s 2018 campaign. It is impossible to imagine the group’s supporting Casey if it foresaw him taking any meaningful votes in favor of protecting vulnerable prenatal children.

Happily, though, local Democratic parties are much more open-minded and committed to a diversity of opinion on abortion than their national counterpart.

Significantly, this commitment to diversity of opinion respects the views of people of color. Eighty-one percent of white Democrats are broadly supportive of abortion rights, while only 66% of African American Democrats hold that view.

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Source: Religion News Service