Progressive Democrats Join Calls to Purge Pro-Lifers from Democratic Party
Pramila Jayapal says Democrats who don't support abortion are not welcome in the party
Calls for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to abandon its support for the five remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress are being made by the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The CPC's co-chair, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stated that Democrats who don't support abortion are not welcome in the party, and should be replaced by more reliable Democrats.
Speaking at a press conference, Jayapal said:
"I think we should allow for strong primary challenges so that people can really put their Democratic chops on the line, if you will, and let the Democratic voters decide who they want.
"You can't say you're a Democrat if you're against immigrants if you're against abortion if you're against gay marriage and LGBTQ rights.
I'm not sure what it means to be a Democrat if all of those things are true."
"I understand that the DCCC is funded by—we are a membership organization—it's supported by our members. And I understand that the DCCC is often going to try to protect the incumbent.
But I do think we have to look at all of these issues and think about what it means to be a Democrat.”
Justice Democrats agreed that pro-lifers no longer have a place in Democratic party, vowing to push for their exclusion.
"It's hypocritical for the Democratic Party leadership to continue to protect [pro-life Dems] while claiming to fight against the attacks on reproductive rights in states like Georgia and Alabama." Waleed Shahid said, according to the Daily Beast.
The five remaining "pro-life Democrats" are as follows:
- Rep. Dan Lipinkski (D-IL),
- Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
- Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) in the House
- Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
- Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate.
2020 Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Friday called for the remaining pro-lifers in the Democratic Party to be unseated and replaced with pro-abortion candidates.
Presidential hopeful Gillibrand says her party no longer has room for members who don't fully support abortion.
Gillibrand, a 2020 candidate who's getting crushed in the polls, is pushing for more "progressive" values, claiming this week that the old moderate-Democrat sentiment of keeping abortion "safe, legal, and rare" is a mantra from a bygone era.
During an interview with the Washington Post, Gillibrand criticized the anti-abortion bills being passed across the nation.