A group of more than 100 Democratic politicians, including a governor and members of Congress, have signed a letter urging the Democratic Party to soften its stance on abortion.
Democrats for Life of America released an open letter on Friday urging the Democratic National Committee to moderate its views on abortion.
The letter, which was emailed to the press earlier this week and embargoed until Friday morning, expressed concerns that the Democratic Party’s position on abortion was “alienating voters.”
“Many Democratic leaders support abortion at any time, for any reason; this position is opposed by 79% of Americans,” read the letter in part. “The 2016 Democratic Platform endorses taxpayer funding of abortion, opposed by a supermajority of the population.”
“The same platform endorses taxpayer funding of abortion in developing countries, opposed by three-fourths of voters.”
The letter went on to say that in “389 out of 435 Congressional districts, a majority of voters support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.”
“When Democratic leaders support late-term abortion, they push many voters into the arms of the Republican Party. Many people holding pro-life views are single-issue voters,” the letter added.
“An extreme position on abortion rights violates our commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Polling consistently shows that one in three Democrats are pro-life. We must respect and include these 21 million Democrats.”