It makes perfect sense. The Democrats have long been the party of the weak and vulnerable. For most of the twentieth century it was the anti-abortion party. Is the Party’s decision to reject a pro-choice litmus test a return to its roots? I highly doubt it. This is a strategy for winning back Congress. Whatever the case, I applaud the move.
Kate Shellnut reports at Christianity Today:
Representative Ben Ray Luján, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said yesterday that the party has “no litmus test” on abortion and won’t withhold financial backing from pro-life candidates in the 2018 mid-term elections, The Hill reported.
His remarks came a week after the party released a new set of policy plans and goals that push economic concerns and don’t mention abortion at all.
As Luján looks to a “broad coalition” to shift control of the US House of Representatives away from the Republican Party, core supporters within his own party are questioning the move away from a firm pro-choice stance.
Will the potential of luring voters who have avoided the party over the issue of abortion be worth the backlash from the Democratic base, including outspoken abortion-rights advocates?
Read the entire piece here.
I am reminded of this passage from Duke University theologian Stanley Hauerwas:
Take for instance the political issue of abortion, which some Christians cited as their reason for voting for candidate Trump. When Christians think that the struggle against abortion can only be pursued through voting for candidates with certain judicial philosophies, then serving at domestic abuse shelters or teaching students at local high schools or sharing wealth with expectant but under-resourced families or speaking of God’s grace in terms of “adoption” or politically organizing for improved education or rezoning municipalities for childcare or creating “Parent’s Night Out” programs at local churches or mentoring young mothers or teaching youth about chastity and dating or mobilizing religious pressure on medical service providers or apprenticing men into fatherhood or thinking of singleness as a vocation or feasting on something called “communion” or rendering to God what is God’s or participating with the saints through Marian icons or baptizing new members or tithing money, will not count as political.
Interested in the history of the pro-life movement? Check out our interview with historian Daniel K. Williams in Episode 2 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast.