Man alive. Did the Democrats really just say that they’ll support candidates who oppose abortion? To be clear, it was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, but come on! If you’re as bothered by their decision as I am, you can let them know via there website–click here.
There are many, many things offensive, frustrating, and annoying about Committee chairman Ben Ray Luján’s comments that the party would financially support candidates who oppose abortion. First of all, way to throw women under the bus and once again be so incredibly short-sighted. Women’s reproductive choice and freedom are a fundamental right, not a political position. The democratic party should respect that by now.
Second, the DCCC is attempting to assuage their decision to support anti-choice candidates with the refrain that “there is no “litmus test” for Democratic candidates.” Excuse me? Yes there is. It’s called the democratic platform, and included in that platform is a very clear statement that, “Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured.”
Finally, abortion is a personal decision. If a person believes that abortion is wrong, so be it. But as a candidate, that individual’s personal beliefs should not be imposed on an entire people. Declaring to the country that an elected official has the right to put their own personal beliefs before the rights of those they represent does not hold true to democratic values. It perpetuates a culture in which women remain second class citizens, and women of color are even worse off.
If the democrats really believe that “we will build a more just economy, a more equal society, and a more perfect union—because we are stronger together,” than they can start by standing with women, not against us. #Resist