Why even the slightest deviation from militant pro-abortion orthodoxy unnerves the Democratic Party

By Dave Andrusko

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

Whenever there is a suggestion that even the slightest space exists between Democrats and 100% support for abortion on demand , you can expect what we’ve seen over the last month or so–oodles of laments (as Amy Irvin wrote in Cosmopolitan magazine) that “Anti-Abortion Democrats Put Women at Risk.”

To be fair Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gives Ms. Irvin and her associates real reason to lament. He does not furrow his brow and talk about being “personally pro-life” and then follow NARAL’s line without the slightest deviation. He actually signs pro-life bills and actually files amici briefs in support of pro-life legislation. So you can understand why the subtitle to Irvin’s post is “Take a lesson from Louisiana.”

But the to-ing and fro-ing from the likes of pro-abortionists such as Irvin is not about genuine pro-life Democrats, who, alas, are as rare nowadays as hen’s teeth. They throw a conniption when there is even the slightest suggestion there is room in the Democratic Party for pro-lifers. Consider this paragraph:

The Democratic Party is based on a shared set of values and principles — those cannot be abandoned. Democrats like Edwards are welcome to their personal beliefs but they are not welcome to impose those beliefs on the women of this party.

So, the “shared set of values and principles” which “cannot be abandoned” include abortion for any reason or no reason, paid for with tax dollars, and exported to every country in the world which protects their unborn children.

So much for Democrat Hubert Humphrey, the late senator from Minnesota and vice president under Lyndon Johnson, who famously said, “It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

Irvin spends much of her post battling against those pro-abortion Democrats who are trying to re-position their support for unlimited abortion as a matter of “economics.” She’s right but for all the wrong reasons.

For all the media laments about Republicans and their internal disagreements, real and (mostly) imaginary, the real story of 2017-2018 is the ongoing war within the Democratic Party and their allies in the media/entertainment complex.

Watch over the next six months and see if there is not even more evidence that the likes of the ever-more-bizarre Kathy Griffin and the foul-mouthed CNN host Reza Aslan do represent the cutting edge of a party in total disarray.

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