Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made it clear that pro-life Democrats are not welcome in her party:
“Also, if you live in a blue area, when people say ‘go vote,’ that should include primary elections too. Because, the thing that a lot of people don’t like to talk about, is the fact that not every Democrat is pro-choice. Okay? So, the ones that aren’t, we really need to reassess if it’s appropriate for them to continue to serve in 2022 because people should have the right to control their own body. This is pretty basic.”
Ms. Ocasio Cortez posted this statement on Instagram in the aftermath of last week’s Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v Wade.
Ms. Cortez’s opinion matters. She is one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress with 12.72 million social media followers, topped only by Senator Bernie Sanders with 21.70 million followers.
Democrats pride themselves in promoting diversity and inclusion within their party. However, that doesn’t extend to pro-life Democrats, almost all of whom have been expunged from Congress.
Pro-life Democrat ousted
Dan Lipinski was one of the last remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress. He lost a primary bid to Marie Newman. Ms. Newman was promoted by Ms. Cortez, who leveraged her social media platforms to help oust the pro-life Lipinksi.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Lipinski said:
“The Democratic Party prides itself on being the party of inclusion. Even with a pro-choice plank in the platform, we could concede that there’s a diversity of opinion on the issue, as we once did. That would make sense, since one-third of Democratic voters describe themselves as pro-life, and almost 6 in 10 support some abortion restrictions.
But rather than acknowledging these voters’ viewpoint, party leaders and presidential candidates refuse to tolerate anyone who doesn’t support abortion on demand at any time, paid for by taxpayers.”
Just a decade ago, 64 Congressional Democrats worked to strip abortion funding from the Affordable Care Act, efforts that were ultimately undermined by the Democratically-controlled Senate.
Since then, pro-abortion groups and politicians, such as Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, have led the charge to successfully oust the last of the party’s pro-lifers by running pro-abortion candidates against them in their local primaries.
Pulse Life Advocates is a non-partisan pro-life advocacy group. We understand the sensitivity people experience when they feel their party is being disparaged. Tragically, the Democratic Party has lost their way. They no longer stand up for the little guy, as their pro-abortion bullying tactics prove.
They no longer represent the conflicted views on abortion held by their rank and file voters, as Mr. Lipinski points out.
And they certainly have no interest in diversity and inclusion. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez makes that clear.